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Social Justice Symposium

Creative Uprising: Political, Educational, and Cultural Avenues of Art

"Write with your eyes like painters, with your ears like musicians, with your feet like dancers. You are the truthsayer with quill and torch. Write with your tongues of fire. Don't let the pen banish you from yourself."
- Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Explore the many political, educational, and cultural avenues of art!
Feb 27-28, 2024 USU Ballroom 10am-2pm


The Social Justice Symposium is a two-day in-person event for CSUSM students, faculty/staff, alumni, and community members to create and/or participate in workshops and roundtable discussions about a variety of social justice topics that help us learn more about and uplift our diverse community. Join us on February 27 & 28 from 10 am - 2 pm to experience brand new and engaging discussions!


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Theme information

This year’s theme intends to highlight the illuminating, liberating, and versatile qualities of art, especially related to activism, culture, and envisioning a new future.  "Creative" contains two different meanings: artistry and the variety of ways that people envision a new future of liberation and organize to empower and provide for (underrepresented) communities in need. "Uprising" can represent radical organizing or the practice of addressing, combatting, and resisting oppressive structures and the violence and inequities they create. As we examine multiple social justice frameworks, participants will also be encouraged to:


    • The many forms of art
    • Our relationship to art in a capitalist society 
    • How art and culture emerges in varying underrepresented communities
    • Histories and research related to political/cultural/existential art production 
    • The many disciplines that art can appear in, including but not limited to food, fashion, ecology, science etc


    • How art can be a prominent tool for change, education, and building community
    • How art nurtures, records, and represents our stories, cultures, and emotions
    • How being socially conscious changes our perception of art
    • Semantics/meanings behind the word Art 


  • Our personal and learning experiences with others
  • Our individual culture, activism, and art production with others

And more!

2024 Schedule