Check Yo Self Before Your Wreck Yo Self: Recognizing and Countering Activist Burnout

Dr. Cat Thompson, UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services

Many times as student leaders and activists we pursue our causes to the extent where we often forgo and even forget our own personal physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Yet addressing activist burnout is rarely on the agenda in many of the spaces in which we work, as meeting “objectives” and achieving “results” are privileged over self-care. We want to provide this workshop as a space  to go over what “activist burnout” is through dialogue of personal experiences, as well as an opportunity to discuss and share strategies to counter and prevent burnout, including a mindfulness exercise to help you relax and clarify your thoughts. We hope that this workshop will help student leaders to develop ways to channel their struggles into self empowerment, healing and sustainability.

Confronting the UC: Students and Workers United

UCSD Strike Committee

This workshop hopes to “Speak Truth to Power” by conveying the ways in which service workers, patient care workers, graduate student TAs, and undergraduate students have united in order to take back the UC. Speaking truth to power means recognizing and utilizing our collective power as students and workers to ensure a safe, inclusive, and equitable campus for all.

Deaf Culture within our Communities

Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (MEChA) at UCSD

This workshop explores the deaf community within our communities and explain that spoken language isn’t the only way in which truth can be transmitted. Within the deaf community there can be much power without the necessity of words. We hope to teach the audience some of the perspectives and experiences that the deaf community may have within our communities.

Does Sex Really Sell?

Kaibigang Pilipino (KP) at UCSD

This workshop deals with the hypesexualization of women in advertisements and its implication for young girls and boys in American society. It aims to challenge the idea of “sex sells” because these ads aren’t selling sex, but rather the idea of object and subject, in which women are objects and the audience (men) are the subjects. As one can see in TV, magazine, or other advertisements women are constantly being objectified and hypersexualized. It has gotten to the point where if the average person was shown an ad of a hypersexualized woman it just seems normal, and it shouldn’t be.

Empowered Education

Mariko Kuga, Teach For America at UCSD

This workshop examines the education inequality in this country, the basic social and political structures that enable this inequality, and how people can get involved in a program such as Teach for America after they graduate. The workshop will help educate folks on current social issues that are affecting our communities of color the most and thereby help to empower people to work towards a viable solution. The goals of this workshop are to have a discussion about privilege in this country and how it manifests itself throughout public education systems in a variety of different locations and to have participants look at their own background and relate it to the larger issues at hand.

Everyday Liberation- “Poetry is not a luxury”

Social Justice Educators, UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

This workshop is about learning to make liberation a daily act through poetry. The moments we take to create poetry and share are the very moments we carve out for ourselves to keep fighting. Poetry is not a luxury because it is one way we can reflect for ourselves and also learn with each other.  The workshop will review Audre Lorde’s article “Poetry is not a Luxury”, practice poetry writing exercises, and share what we have written.

Groove is in the Heart: Examining the Power and Potentials of Emotion

Alex Vo, Queer People of Color at UCSD

The topic of this workshop is understanding and discussing how we can utilize our emotions, feelings and vulnerabilities and reframe as sources of power. The very nature of oppression is to “corrupt or distort those various sources of power within the culture of the oppressed that can provide energy for change” (Audre Lorde, The Power of the Erotic). By naming how systems of power police and regulate emotion along with reframing emotions as truths and powers that are valuable, we can hopefully imagine alternative forms of resistance and activism that are holistic and effective.

Its Hmong, Not Huh-mong

Hmong Student Association of San Diego

This workshop will introduce the Hmong history via story-telling that has been passed on through our parents’ oral history and their journeys through refugee camps in Thailand and migration into the US.  Additionally, we will also have students talk about their lived experiences being born in Thailand and refugee camps.  Lastly, we will examine displacement and share how the Not So Secret War has shaped the ways in which we exist today.

Jesus and Justice

Intervarsity at UCSD

The topic of the workshop is how the life that Jesus led is connected to social justice. Although the bible has often been used to oppress people, how this book can be used to speak powerfully against oppression and marginalization. This space hopes to foster discussion around ways to engage faith and social justice and gain tools to speak about injustice through the lens of faith.

Poetic [In]Justice

Annie Vasishta, UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

Hip Hop and Rap culture today is much different from what it used to be in the past. What started as a movement to share stories during the time of slavery where each word was so intentional today, is something so different. As individuals we have the power to use such a form of story telling as a movement of power and in order to do so we have to be conscious and critique what we are exposed to and how we can use our own stories as vehicles to create change.


Prison Industrial Complex

Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI) at UCSD

Over 2.5 million people today are behind bars in the U.S. and abroad under what is known as the Prison Industrial Complex. Of the U.S. prison population, poor people of color are disproportionately represented. This workshop will engage in a critical examination of the era of mass incarceration to reveal that this unquestioned phenomenon is not new. It is a differently presented manifestation of institutionalized racism.

Real Talk: Being a Graduate Student of Color in the Academy

This workshop seeks to provide an informal and intimate space for open forum surrounding the challenges and opportunities in being a graduate student of color in the academy. Across different departments and different experiences, our panel of graduate students will talk about their journey through graduate scholarship. This opportunity will also be a chance to ask the honest and frank questions regarding graduate student life that rarely get answered.

Silencing Through Language: Practicing Effective Listening in Activist Communities

Phoebe Beall, UCSD Women’s Center

This workshop will focus on the many ways that one might be silenced through language. This includes exclusive language that disregards identities we hold. We will also elaborate on the ways that policing or social justice elitism can silence others. We aim to help participants take the ideas of inclusive language back to their organizations and develop their listening skills in order to promote an equitable environment.

The Israel Lobby’s Stronghold on U.S. Policy

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UCSD

The theme of this workshop is to educate those in attendance about the power of the pro-Israel lobby in the US and how that works to the detriment of both Palestinians and US citizens whose resources are diverted towards maintaining an illegal occupation and Apartheid regime. We will be highlighting tactics of the Lobby and the impacts they have on policy and how it undermines the work of solidarity activists. The workshop will very briefly go over the basics of Palestine for those who are unfamiliar with the issue.

Transferable Skills: Making Your Experiences Shine through Effective Resume Writing

Ivan Ibarra and Josh Mun, UCSD Career Services Center

Done community work, yet don’t know how to incorporate it into your resume? Worry no further! This workshop will be focusing on how to transfer the skills you learned and used as a student leader and activist into making an effective resume.

Words to the Heart

Ernesto Reyes, Student Affirmative Action Committee (SAAC) at UCSD

A spoken word workshop that will deal with writing and expressing some of the oppression and empowerment we as Students of Color and community go through. It will deal with finding the power of self through words to the self and others. The workshop aims to provide a space for people to find a part of themselves and the growth they have experienced through writing and spoken word.


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