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Social Justice Symposium

Date: April 21, 2018 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School

Lewis & Clark Graduate School

The Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling is committed to a vision of social justice that deeply values the rich diversity of voices and perspectives that constitute our global community. Through our professional programs, community engagement, and scholarly research, we help create and sustain opportunities for dialogue, inquiry, and social action.

This day-long symposium on Saturday, April 21 provides an opportunity for practitioners in the fields of education and counseling to come together and explore, share, and discuss ongoing and emergent issues related to equity and social justice in our work and communities. Graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners are warmly encouraged to attend.

Through workshops, discussion groups, and presentations, the symposium will take an interdisciplinary approach to help participants explore new ideas and make connections across professional roles. The symposium will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore new and deeper understandings of the ways education and counseling professionals can collaborate to better serve their students and clients, and to advocate more effectively for equity and social justice in their respective fields of practice.

Participation in the symposium is offered at no cost.


  • Registration and continental breakfast
  • Plenary discussion (9-10 a.m.)
  • Facilitated Group Discussions: Topics to include: Body Politics, Social Justice and Addiction, Use of Emotions in Social Justice Work, Social Justice in K-12 Education, Trans and Gender Non-Conformity, Immigration & Deportation, and Social Justice Reactions, Actions and Fractions. View descriptions here (10:15-11:45 a.m.)
  • Lunch
  • Poster Sessions and Round Table Discussions: Highlights of faculty and student research, as well as GSEC programs and initiatives (12:45-2:15 p.m.)
  • Workshops: A panel of educators, counselors and educational administrators will discuss the following topics: Responding to Hate Speech in our Professional Settings, Trauma-Informed Care in Classrooms and Clinics; Schools in the Time of Trump. Participants will be invited to participate in breakout groups lead by panelists for deeper discussing on these topics. (2:30-4 p.m.)
  • Closing and Feedback (4-4:15 p.m.)


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Alumni Awards *RESCHEDULED*

Please note that the Alumni Awards ceremony and reception has been rescheduled. Stay tuned for future updates!

Poster Sessions and Round Table Discussions

We are currently accepting proposals for round table and poster presentations. These presentations provide an opportunity for students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community partners to showcase projects focused on creating just, inclusive, and democratic education and counseling systems, policies, and practices. Learn more here.


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