Gator Global Initiative 2016
The Gator Global Initiative (GGI) is a social impact event that seeks to provide a space where students explore their individual and collective capacity to effect social change. Students participate in focus area sessions (i.e. Human Rights, Health Disparities, Peace Building, among others) to enhance their knowledge and understanding of significant issues impacting our community and communities worldwide, and explore creative and innovative solutions to these challenges. Students also attend a skills session to gain new tools for social change. Opportunities to connect and reflect with peers and presenters are embedded throughout GGI and these serve to establish new networks of collaboration, foster leadership development, and identify intersections across passions, disciplines and interests. At the heart of GGI is a call to commitment and action.
We are excited to announce our theme: "Creative Minds Igniting Social Change". Throughout the conference, there will be special emphasis on how to use the creative and performing arts, as well as innovative ideas and diverse career paths to bring about social change. Through our Creative Arts Master Classes, we will engage and connect participants to social change in innovative and artistic ways (i.e. through the use of song, art, improvisation, theater, story-telling and movement).
We are also accepting applications for tabling exhibitors who would like to display their art focusing on social change and/or set up an exhibit during the conference to share what your organization is doing towards social change. Through this, you will have the opportunity to help participants of GGI get connected to organizations on campus and in the community that are involved in activities that align with the participants' passions for social good. UF/Santa Fe students, faculty/staff, and community organizations are encouraged to table. You must still register for the conference, if you would like to attend. For tabling only, you do not have to pay the registration fee but you will be required to leave after the networking lunch is over. To submit a tabling request complete the form and select "Tabling" at the following link: I Want to Ignite Minds Towards Social Change!
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: OCTOBER 10-31, 2016 | REGISTRATION FEE: $25* | OPEN TO UF & SANTA FE STUDENTS, FACULTY/STAFF, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS | LOCATION: PUGH HALL (UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA)
*Registration fee includes three meals, conference materials, and art!
2016 GATOR GLOBAL INITIATIVE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)
FRIDAY, November 4th
5:30pm-5:45pm Conference Opening and Welcome
5:45pm-6:30pm Networking Dinner and Small Group Meetings
6:40pm-6:45pm Keynote Introduction
6:45pm-7:30pm Keynote Address | Mr. Demarcus Merritt, Housing and Residence Education
This year’s keynote speaker is UF’s very own, Mr. Demarcus Merritt. Mr. Merritt, Area Coordinator with the Department of Housing and Residence Education and an instructor for First Year Florida and the Trusler Choices in Leadership & Scholarship with Diverse Perspectives courses, has made a tremendous impact both on-campus and in the community in the area of social change. Mr. Merritt serves on various committees such as the UF Black Student Affairs Task Force, SEAHO Diversity , Equity, & Inclusions committee, and the DOHRE Social Justice committee. He was recently awarded the 2016 Employee of the Year with the Department and Housing and Residence Education, as well as the Dr. James E. Scott Professional Development Award. Mr. Merritt has been invited to present at numerous social justice related events such as the UF and IBC James E. Scott Black Student Leadership Conference, the Counseling and Wellness Center/ASPIRE’s Social Justice Summit, the Black history month program at the P.K. Yonge Development Research School, and the University of Florida Dean of Student’s Men Acquiring Leadership Experiences (M.A.L.E.) program. Mr. Merritt is laying the foundation in achieving his goals of becoming a future Dean of Students, Vice-President, and University President. He is committed to empowering students to utilize their everyday resources, talents, skills to be the change they wish to see on campus, in the community, and in the world.
7:30pm-7:40pm Q&A with Demarus Merritt
7:45pm-8:45pm Master Class #1: Yes, And: Using Improvisation to Improve Your Social Leadership | Hannah Frei, Housing and Residence Education
Master Class #1: Song and Social Change | Jillian Dinius, Graduate Student - Student Personnel and Higher Education
8:45pm-9:00pm Small Groups Wrap-Up and Overview of Saturday
SATURDAY, November 5th
8:00am-8:30am Breakfast & Small Group Meeting
8:35am-8:40am Morening Welcome and Review of Schedule
8:40am-9:40am Master Class #2: Cups of Conversation | Mariana Baquero, Reitz Union Arts and Crafts Center
9:45am- 10:35am Focus Area 1
- Human Rights | Moy Moreno-Rivera, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
- Economic Development | Anthony Lyons, City Manager of Gainesville
- Educational Inequalities | Radha Selvester, Community Partner
10:40am- 11:30am Skills Development Session 1
- Community Organizing | Diana Moreno, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
- Self- Discovery and Self-Awareness | Roxie Patton, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
- Working In Teams | Michelle Langkop/Michael Springthorpe, UF Rec Sports
11:35am-12:20pm Small Group Meeting
12:20pm-1:30pm Networking Lunch
1:35pm-2:30pm Focus Area 2
- Health Disparities and Social Change | Dr. Laura Guyer, Health Disparities in Society
- Careers for Changemakers: Social Entrepreneurship | Dr. Kristin Joos, Social Impact & Sustainability Initiative, Warrington College of Business
- Environmental Sustainability | Ashish Aggarwal, Graduate Student - Computer Science and Management
2:35pm-3:35pm Master Class #3: Image Theatre Exploration | Jeffrey Pufahl, College of the Arts
Master Class #3: Honoring Our Stories, Warming Our Hearts: Exploring Love Using Theatre for Social Change | Sybil St. Claire, Department of Theatre, University of Central Florida
3:40pm-3:50pm Coffee and Snack Break
3:55pm--4:45pm Final Small Group Meeting/Evaluations
4:45pm-5:00pm Call to Action and Closing
For any additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Shenita Denson, Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Service-Learning at ShenitaD@leadershipandservice.ufl.edu or Roshan Patel, Graduate Assistant at RoshanP@leadershipandservice.ufl.edu.