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 annouce 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.
The committee is now inviting workshop presenters, tabling exhibitors, and/or creative arts master class instructors that:
- Have implemented (or are in the process of implementing) creative and innovate solutions to social issues
- Will target and engage the participants while inspiring them to use their unique talents to make positive, sustainable changes in their communities
- Provoke audience engagement with a presentation style that includes interaction, dialogue, and movement.
Below are more detail descriptions about the three opportunities to present to participants:
Workshop - Leading a one-hour session in the topics of: Human Rights, Economic Development, Educational Inequalities, Health Disparities, Environmental Sustainability, Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Community Asset Mapping, Self-Discovery and the Power of Advocacy, and Working in Teams.
Tabling - Set up an exhibit during the event to share what your organization is doing and to help participants of GGI get connected to organizations on campus that are involved in activities that align with the participants' passions for social good.
Creative Arts Master Class - One-hour sessions that engages participants in sessions such as: mindfulness, dance, drumming/music, guided art, storytelling, improvisation, etc. with the focus of inspiring participants to use their unique talents to make positive, sustainable changes in their community.
These are great opportunities to share your work with like-minded students, faculty/staff, and Gainesville community members, as well provide innovative and creative resources for social change.
Proposals for workshops will be accepted from UF and Santa Fe faculty/staff, graduate students, as well as local community organizations. Tabling exhibitor and master class proposals are welcomed by all, especially students working towards social change! All proposals must meet the criteria outlined above.
To submit a proposal, click here: I Want to Ignite Minds Towards Social Change!
Deadline: October 9, 2016
We encourage you to share this with your colleagues and peers who are also igniting minds towards social change in creative and innovative ways!
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.