Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

Allegheny to Host 2017 SOCLC


Going Back to Our Roots

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We are able to host 15 students from each school. We are also inviting a couple of the local schools near Meadville to send a few students.

We have a hard cap of 250 total. If it looks like we will have extra spots, I will let y'all know closer to the date. If we end up being able to accommodate over the 15 for each school, then it will be a $60 per person fee to cover a portion of the expenses.

Facebook event with updates:

Additional Information:



Friday (Nov 3):

4-6: Registration (Schultz East Alcove) - Write postcards to LGBTQ people living in prison

6pm: Dinner (Caribbean Buffet)  Keynote: Bilal Ansari (Schultz)

9pm: Jason Hernandez - WITH POPCORN (Quigley) 

Saturday (Nov 4):

Rosa and Carina lead a morning stroll on the trails at Robinson Field

8-9:30: Breakfast (Schultz)

9:30-10:30: Workshop 1 sessions

10:45-12: Campus Issue Roundtables

12-1:30: Lunch (Indian Buffet)  (Schultz)

1:30-2:30: Workshop 2 sessions

2:30-3:15: Self-care break (with some outdoor games and indoor art/games)

3:15-4:15: Professor Valerie Prince's Waterbearer (OPTIONAL) 

3:15-4:15 Workshop with  Bomba con Buya (OPTIONAL)

4:15-5:30: Self-care break (with some outdoor games)

5:30-7: Dinner (Soul Food) Keynote: Donna Murch (Schultz)

7-9: Free time and chill activities (Set up dance party) (Capture the flag, indoor art - fire and smores) 

9-12: Dance Party (Schultz) - with Bomba con Buya  

Confirmed Keynotes:

Jason Hernandez:

Jason Hernandez, at the age of 21, was sentenced to life without parole for a non-violent drug offense in 1998. While incarcerated Jason began a grassroots sentencing advocacy organization called Crack Open The Door. In 2013 Jason became one of the first individuals to receive clemency from President Barack Obama, known as "The Obama 8." Since his release he has been a leading advocate for criminal justice reform. He has been featured in Time Magazine, Huffington Post, MSNBC, and CNN.

Bilal Ansari:

Bilal Ansari is an Imam and community organizer. He is also a College and Prison chaplain. Bilal is the former Dean of Students at Zaytuna College and a doctoral student at the Pacific School of Religion. He has studied with numerous Muslim scholars in America. He is a former prison chaplain and has been an urban and rural community organizer for the past two decades.

Donna Murch:

Donna Murch is associate professor of history at Rutgers University. She is currently
completing a new trade press book entitled Crack in Los Angeles: Policing the Crisis and
the War on Drugs. She also has a forthcoming books of essays that will be published later
this year entitled, Assata Taught Me: State Violence, Mass Incarceration and the
Movement for Black Lives. In October 2010, Murch published the award-winning
monograph Living for the City: Migration, Education and the Rise of the Black Panther
Party in Oakland, California with the University of North Carolina Press, which won the
Phillis Wheatley prize in December 2011. She has written for the Sunday Washington
Post, New Republic, Nation, Boston Review, Jacobin, Black Scholar, Souls, the Journal
of Urban History, Journal of American History, Perspectives and New Politics and
appeared on BBC, CNN, Democracy Now and in Stanley Nelson’s documentary, Black
Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Bomba con Buya: 

Buya, a Chicago-based ensemble which aims to preserve and advance Bomba which is Puerto Rico's oldest surviving African-Rooted Tradition. Buya means ‘good spirit’ in Taino, the language spoken among Puerto Rico’s indigenous population. We strive to embody this idea. Through performances, workshops, and community engagement, Buya aims to preserve and advance the bomba tradition. This includes artistic dialogue with historians and performers from Puerto Rico, and collaborative work with various Chicago-based musicians and dancers from Belize (Laruni Hati), Haiti (Tamboula), and Mexico (JaroChicanos).

Logistics - 

Transportation from hotel to college is attendees responsibility.

Room blocks have been established at:

Holiday Inn Express - $89 (MUST CALL - Code: GLCA Students of Color Leadership Conference) must book by October 20, 2017

Hampton Inn - Rate: $139 (Can book online or call - Code: GLC) - must book by October 20, 2017

Fill out the registration form here:

The Global Liberal Arts Alliance
535 West William Suite 301
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Voice: +1.734.661.2350
Facsimile: +1.734.661.2349

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

The Great Lakes Colleges Association
535 West William. Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

+1.734.661.2350 (voice)
+1.734.661.2349 (fax)