Thursday, July 24, 2008

Student Presenters Needed for VCC Student Conference Nov. 8th

Shamelessly lifted from Jen Kenyan's email to the Vermont Campus Compact Network:

Vermont Campus Compact is looking for student presenters and community organizers for our 2008 Student Conference: Building the Future which is taking place on November 8, 2008 from 8:30a.m. - 4:30 p.m.! The goal for the day is to build meaningful collaborations among students, community organizers, and elected officials who seek to create a better world through activism, community service, advocacy and more. Our hope is that these students will bring ideas, energy and new connections back to campuses to advance their own ideas and projects.

1. Student Presenters
We are excited to offer a platform for students to present the great work they are doing on Vermont campuses and in communities to their peers. We will have 2 workshop blocks (~45min-1hr, each) when student groups will present their successful models of student service projects and policy projects. Presentations will be about 10 minutes per group and should include an overview of the project, how it started, challenges to success, methods for implementation, etc. Each workshop will include a discussion among presenters and conference attendees. Themes for the workshops include, but are not limited to,
- Poverty/Hunger
- Civic Engagement
- Environmental Sustainability
- Youth/ Mentoring and Education

2. Community Organizers
There will be 2 roundtable blocks (~1 hr each) in the afternoon organized by issue (see above, also: health, environmental conservation, arts activism, safety/domestic violence, sustainable food practices, etc.). Who are your strategic partners (community organizers or organizations you work with) who are dynamic, can connect their organization or work to various topics/issues, and would like to share their personal and professional experiences as activists and organizers? This is an
opportunity for students to sit down for open conversation in order to connect with partners in their communities who can act as a resource to ask questions and discuss best practices, and for organizers to make a connection to students and higher ed. institutions.
Thanks for your help in identifying potential student presenters and community organizers. We are excited about the new direction of the conference and hope to meet student needs and create a unique conference atmosphere, and this is only possible through your help! Please contact either myself (see below) or John Coutley ( by September 1, 2008.

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