This conference is designed to foster exchange and discussion among students and faculty from Siena College in upstate New York and the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability (LCDS) of Concordia University as to how to bring about positive change in an increasingly complex world. This theme speaks to a common interest of the students of the LCDS in the Minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World, those in the Minor in Sustainability Studies, and Siena College’s students in the Minor in International Studies. Concordia University has long been at the forefront of this movement, with units such as the LCDS and CEED Concordia leading the way towards enhanced social engagement. The highlights of this conference will be the keynote speaker on Friday evening and Saturday workshops and student presentations, all designed to foster discussion about community engagement for positive change.
This year's conference will feature Dr. Aziz Choudry, Associate Professor of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Dr. Choudry currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production. His research focuses on learning in social action and knowledge production in social movements. The title of Dr. Choudry's keynote address is Building a politics of resistance, learning from movements, and organizing for change: Radical roots/radical routes?
For Saturday morning, LCDS fellow Dr. Satoshi Ikeda and Ms. Irina Grecu have agreed to present a workshop on community resilience based on their work with Transitions NDG, a community cooperative the main goal of which is to mobilize and organize local skills and resources for the benefit of the community. This workshop will be followed by parallel workshops on urban agriculture, food preservation, and cooperative business models.
Through the speakers and the Saturday workshops, as well as through the research presentations of our students and those of Siena College, this conference will provide an active learning experience and empower participants to work towards positive change at a local and/or global scale.
Registration is required but free.