Students in Action for Social Change
Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC), in partnership with the Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center, will host the MACC Student Leadership Conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Bentley University in Waltham, MA.
The 2017 MACC Student Leadership Conference, “Students in Action for Social Change: Inspiring | Collaborating | Innovating,” will bring together student leaders, higher education professionals, and community partners from across New England. This full-day conference is designed to foster collaborative action, highlight innovation in campus civic engagement programs, and inspire leadership for social change.
The conference will kick off with an inspirational keynote from Michel Chikwanine, a former child soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Following the keynote, attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshop sessions crafted by students, higher education professionals, and community partners from across the region. The conference will conclude with a Careers for the Common Good Fair where students will have the opportunity to network with organizations committed to creating positive social change.
The cost is just $25 per person, including students, faculty, staff, and community partners. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Keynote Speaker: Michel Chikwanine
A former child soldier, Michel Chikwanine has overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. His passion and belief in the possibility for change make him a truly remarkable individual and humanitarian.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel grew up amid the terror of the Great War of Africa. He witnessed the torture of his father, who was singled out for his political beliefs, the rape of his mother and endured torture of his own. Much of Michel’s childhood was ravaged by the death and decay of a war that claimed the lives of 5.8 million people, his father included.
Forced to leave his home as a refugee at the age of 11, Michel has since travelled to many African countries, witnessing first-hand the problems facing the developing world, but also the beauty of the communities and people who live there.
Today, Michel is an accomplished speaker, addressing audiences across North America. He has spoken to over 100,000 people and has shared the stage with Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free The Children, Dr. Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, to name a few. He was also a speaker on Oprah’s O Ambassadors Roots of Action speaking tour, reaching students at resource-poor schools. Sharing his personal story, Michel has captured the attention of international media as he inspires people to believe in their ability to create change. Michel leaves audiences with a new perspective on life and a sense of hope through social responsibility.
Students, higher education professionals, and community partners have crafted thoughtful workshop proposals that will allow them to share their knowledge and experience in the following areas:
- Social Justice – Issues and Advocacy – Workshops in this category will focus on campus-based programming that addresses social justice issues and fosters advocacy on campus and in partnership with local, national, or international communities. Issue areas can include, but will not be limited to, education equity, environmental sustainability, food insecurity, identity based inequality, poverty, and refugee and immigrant justice.
- Leadership Skills for Community Service Programs – Workshops in this category will focus on leadership best practice and skill development for students who lead their peers and take responsibility for community partnerships and programming.
- Innovative Program Models and Management – Workshops in this category will demonstrate the successful implementation of innovative and impactful program models. This category may also include program management best practice for membership and/or volunteer recruitment and retention, tracking, training, and program evaluation.
Careers for the Common Good Fair
Community service and engagement doesn’t have to end after graduation. There are a multitude of career pathways that allow students to see their values reflected in the business practices of their employers. The conference will conclude with a Careers for the Common Good Fair where students will have the opportunity to network with nonprofit organizations and corporations that are committed to social responsibility and creating positive change in society.
Don’t miss out on this unique statewide opportunity. At just $25 per person, you won’t find a better value, or a better way to develop the skills of a new generation of civic leaders. Registration is simple; you can register up to 15 people at a time.