USF Hosts Teach-In After Ferguson and Staten Island

#BlackLivesMatter co-founder and SF police chief join symposium

By Ed Carpenter, Office of Marketing Communications Posted Sun, 02/22/2015 - 16:00

Alicia Garza, who co-founded the #BlackLivesMatter movement, will be on campus Feb. 24 for a day-long teach-in to raise awareness about prejudice, privilege, and persecution in the wake of national protests alleging widespread police violence against African-Americans.

Garza, special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, created the social media hashtag “#BlackLivesMatter” after the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin and helped lead the social media movement as it grew and then took to the streets in cities across the country after the deaths of Eric Garner, in Staten Island, N.Y., and Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., last summer.

Speak Out & Listen In: A Teach-in On Building Community Power will include student- and faculty-led dialogues and reflections as well as moderated discussions about race, violence, and the fight for minority rights — including a town hall hosted by USF’s LGBTQ Caucus.

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More than two dozen speakers will take part, including Garza, USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, and faculty experts from departments across the university.

There will be a panel discussion with USF alum and San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr ’88; USF Provost Jennifer E. Turpin; USF alumnus and trustee emeritus, Joseph E. Marshall ’68, founder of the nationally recognized Alive & Free – Omega Boys Club in San Francisco; USF graduate student and co-founder of Stay Alive Oakland Melvin Cowan ’17; and USF alum and faculty member Lena Miller ’18, founder of the nonprofit Hunters Point Family.

Teach-in events begin at 9 a.m. in the McLaren Conference Center on Feb. 24 and continue throughout the day.

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