MACON – Mercer University will present “A Student's Guide to Activism” workshop on March 26, 2-5 p.m., in Willingham Hall on the Macon campus.
The event was organized by Dr. Natalie Bourdon, associate professor of women's and gender studies (WGS) and anthropology and chair of WGS, as well as international affairs and WGS double-major Catherine Crowe. It will cover a number of issues and topics, including access to health care, women's reproductive rights, sexual violence, immigration, free speech, the environment, education, the economy, LGBTQIA rights, the Black Lives Matter movement and protecting religious minorities.
“The day after the inauguration, nearly 500,000 people showed up in D.C. for the Women's March on Washington, and another four million people attended sister marches that spanned every continent on the globe. Participants the world over were gravely concerned about the new administration's threats to women's rights, immigrants' well-being and safety, harm to our natural environments, health care accessibility, foreign policy approaches and many other issues,” said Dr. Bourdon.
“After returning from the march, I was approached by a number of students who wanted to be involved but didn't know where to start. So I thought what we might need is 'A Student's Guide to Activism.' I hope this event is the first step to encouraging a more robust culture of activism on Mercer's campus and to furthering our already existing civic engagement.”
The free, three-hour workshop is open to all Mercer students and the broader Macon community. It will include brainstorming, information sharing and activism in action, with input from student and community advocates and activists who will share their experiences.