CSU, Chico News

California State University, Chico Hosts Activism Education Events This Week

Date: 01-24-2017

Sean Murphy
Public Affairs

In collaboration with California State University, Chico’s First-Year Experience program, the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center will hold events this week to discuss ways to have productive dialogue in the current political landscape, including guest speakers, workshops and a day of artistic expression.

Talk About It Tuesday kicks off the week’s events on Jan. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. at the CCLC, located at Meriam Library in room 172. Wednesday night’s Activism 411 is the week’s showcase event, with multiple guest speakers covering a wide range of topics. Activism 411 takes place in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium from 6-8 p.m.

Thursday’s Election Expressions offers a space for people to use spoken word, music, poetry or any other form of artistic expression to give their sentiment a voice and to raise consciousness around how people have been impacted by the exchange of power at the national level. Election Expressions takes place at Sylvester’s Café from 6-8 p.m.

All events are free and open to University faculty, staff and students, as well as to the Chico community.

CCLC Program Coordinator Katie Peterson said the goal of the week’s events is to bring the campus and the community together to focus on the community’s concerns, instead of focusing on unproductive methods of communication.

“Our goal is not to create more division,” Peterson said. “Instead, we want to bring people together and focus on the issues and what people are concerned about.”

Wednesday’s Activism 411 addresses the student or community member who feels the call to become more involved in activism, but doesn’t quite know how to do so.

“We want to bring together students who may feel motivated to become more engaged in what’s going on in the community and on the national level, but they need the tools to do that and to learn the best way to ensure that their voice or concern is being heard,” Peterson said.

Wednesday’s guest speakers include CCLC Program Director Charles “CC” Carter, as well as Chico City Council members Ann Schwab, Randall Stone and Karl Ory.

Peterson said the need to provide these avenues for education and expression developed from a meeting between a campuswide committee and campus leadership. They all identified that students could benefit from ways to "equip themselves with avenues to find their way forward," she said.

“We launched Talk About It Tuesdays this semester to provide that space, as well as Election Expressions,” she said.

Talk About It Tuesdays will continue as a bimonthly event.

For more information about the week’s events, contact Peterson at kdpeterson@csuchico.edu or (530) 898-4109.