This year Community Day is focusing on social justice, and all of the activities will take place on campus. We hope participants will challenge themselves to build a better self, a better world, and a better future for all!
Session Offerings (participants will need to sign up for one)
Face-to-Face Discussion - Explore cultural differences and similarities in a safe space through thoughtful questions. This discussion will challenge you to be uncomfortable and to learn something you did not know about people you are with every day, as well as yourself!
Restorative Justice - Hurt people hurt people. Explore the nature of suffering and how people have a tendency to want to make others suffer when they suffer. Led by Arno Michaels from Serve 2 Unite.
Cultural Agility - Share experiences of racism, xenophobia, and exclusion from perspectives of perpetrator and victim, in the process of revealing the great value in appreciating cultures and ethnicities. Led by Pardeep Kaleka from Serve 2 Unite.
Blankets for Meta House - Make no-sew, fleece tie blankets. No experience necessary. Blankets have 2 sides and require 2 yards of fleece per side. Volunteers must bring 4 yards of fleece total for each blanket they will make and scissors.
Salvation Army Bags - The Salvation Army’s Emergency Lodge is a 120 bed facility that provides temporary shelter, meals and case management for homeless adults and families. Volunteers will decorate and fill snack bags for children who stay at the Emergency Lodge. All supplies are provided. No experience necessary.
Civility & Dialogue - The practice of dialogue is empowering, not only for the one who speaks, but also for those who are listening. This session will get participants in touch with being civil with one another in an interactive, interesting and fun way.
Welcome to the Neighborhood - Come take a walk in someone else’s shoes for a while. This simulation activity will help you discover that your everyday interactions may not be typical. Come with an open mind, ready to listen, and ready to share your stories. Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Oxfam Hunger Banquet - "There's nothing good to eat." We've all said it. What if you really didn't know where your next meal was coming from? This interactive program will educate students on injustices in the global food system and students will experience a simulation of how food access is distributed throughout the world. Lunch is built into the simulation, so not all participants will receive the amount of food they are use to.
Game of Oppression - The Game of Oppression is designed to encourage and challenge individuals from different backgrounds and experiences to engage in authentic dialogue. To do this, the active participants move their pawns around the game board and respond to statements on the playing cards. Each person will have an opportunity to be an observer as well as participant, then will participate in group discussion to synthesize the game experience.
Empty Bowls - Create hand-made ceramic bowls that will be offered to the Milwaukee Empty Bowls Project for sale to the public. No experience needed, each person will create two bowls.
Cameroon Project - Make jewelry and crafts to support Alverno's project to provide computers and other educational supplies to a high school in Cameroon, West Africa.
Social Justice Museum - Do you have an interest in education others about a topic related to social justice? Or do you have digital skills that could be helpful in creating a display? Participants will work to create high quality digital content for future versions of the Social Justice Musuem.