Breakout Sessions | October 28, 2017 | Leadership for Social Justice Conference

Breakout sessions will allow attendees to thoughtfully and creatively engage with presenters and one another concerning self-care and/or spiritual practice, community organizing, restorative justice and more!


Morning Breakout Sessions - 10:45am-12:00pm


Power for What: Obama Style Community Organizing

Dante Hall

Mary Lim-Lampe, Executive Director, Genesis

[Youth intern TBD]

Genesis, a Gamaliel affiliate, will describe the basics of community organizing and why we need to build real power to make the changes we wish to see in the world.

Whiteness Unplugged: Beyond the Culture of Separation

Dante Hall

Angela Sevin, Director Beyond Separation

Elana Isaacs

We will join together and hold space for each other in this moment and movement around whiteness and race, historical and ongoing harm around the country, and how we can connect White Supremacy to ourselves families, work, communities, and lives.  

*The work is ours to do. What does that mean and look like on all levels?

*How do we show up for each other, in solidarity, and for the movement?

*How do we move through our emotions together so we can show up against White Supremacy in all its forms?

*Come with where you’re struggling, your questions, your hearts, and your commitment to anti-racist internal work and action

Writing for Change

Dante Hall
Sharon K. Sobotta, Director of the Women’s Resource Center, Saint Mary’s College of Ca.

Lis Aravelo Hidalgo

In the context of a world where sexism, racism, and xenophobia are normalized, finding your authentic voice can be a revolutionary act.  This workshop will explore counter-narratives and the potential they have in bringing about change in our lives, communities, and worlds.  

Music, Movies, and Movements: A Poetic Journey to Social Equity. Where do Social Justice, Media Literacy, Spoken Word/Hip-Hop Intersect?

Dante Hall
Michael Anderson,

Come engage in a poetic experience that will center around using creative writing as a means to engage in justice-centered media literacy.  Participants will engage through song lyrics, written, and spoken word poetry.  All poems will analyze, critique, and evaluate how all forms of media influences society, specifically through the lens of race, gender, and class.  Participants will be shown how a media literate society is more equipped to tackle social justice issues.

Building Our Inner Resources through SoulCollage®

Dante Hall
Michaela Daystar, Master Teacher, Shakti Rising

Joseph Gee

SoulCollage® is a creative yet practical tool for engaging social justice from the inside out, to access our inner wisdom about ourselves and the world through intuition, imagination, and images.  As a spiritual practice, SoulCollage® reveals parts of ourselves that fuel and challenge our social justice work.  It can build resilience and show us aspects of ourselves that need to be healed or released in order to fully live out our social justice passions.    


Afternoon Breakout Sessions - 1:15pm-2:30pm


Faith-Based Social Justice Work

Dante Hall

Reza Nekumanesh, Executive Director at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, Board Member of Faith in the Valley

Sukania Hussain, Community Organizer for Faith in the Valley (the largest interfaith organization in the Central Valley focused on Social, Racial, and Economic Justice Work

A quote by Howard Thurman which asks “What does your faith have to say about those with their backs against the wall?” encompasses a theme we would like to guide discussion through.

What is the Tragedy of the Commons and is it Inevitable?

Dante Hall

Greg Tanaka, Justice, Community and Leadership, Saint Mary’s College of California

This workshop puts in motion the work of Dr. Mari Ruti (2006) who argues it is possible for both oppressed individuals and those who are “privileged” to work together to move out of a victim-oppressor dichotomy (and its resulting “Lack”) and become whole citizens, or “subjects,” who have agency and can feel a sense of soul in relation to each other.  This workshop will be “small group and storytelling based” and will ask members of all groups to help each other.  

Building Resilience Through Radical Self-Care

Dante Hall

Michaela Daystar, Master Teacher, Shakti Rising

In a world focused on the continual expectation of achievement, self-care can be a transformative practice, a remedy reminding us: caring for ourselves is caring for all of Life. Guided by honesty, intuition, delight, and longing that speaks to us even in a different voice, radical self-care plugs us back into ourselves, one another and is, ultimately, the difference between sustainability and burn-out. Step away from self-care as an industry, and build resilience through embodiment practices.   

Meditation: Cultivating a Spiritual Practice

Dante Hall

Brother Camillus Chavez, Lasallian Christian Brother, Saint Mary’s College of California

Brother Camillus Chavez has taught at Saint Mary's College since 1975. He has a Ph.D. in clinical and social psychology and has taught meditation for many years. In this session, Brother Camillus will introduce the theory and practice of the five deep breath method of meditation. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how this practice can be beneficial in their everyday lives.

DOCUMENTARY- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Dante Hall

Host, TBD

Starting Time: 12:50 PM

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution explores the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.  Weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.