- Published on Thursday, 12 April 2012 15:56
The Social Justice Initiative in The University of Texas at El Paso’s Department of Communication will host a two-day Changemaker’s Summit beginning Thursday, April 12, that will cover social change, liberating structures and participatory methodologies and provide a venue to develop concrete collaborative relationships, share cutting edge ideas and make newconnections.
The summit, presented in conjunction with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETAL) will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12 and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 13 in the Templeton Suite on the third floor of Union East. The workshops will focus on “liberating structures” – participatory processes designed to unleash the potential of individuals ingroup situations such as classrooms and business meetings.
The Changemaker’s Summit, including the two Liberating Structures workshops, seeks to provide UTEP students, faculty and community members the opportunity to connect with more than a dozen out-of-town guests such as United Nations officials, human rights’ lawyers, and social change faculty, students and practitioners as they share information and ideas for research, teaching and practice. The meeting also provides an opportunity for those who have collaborated in the past onvarious social change research projects to regroup, rekindle, re-dream and re-enact collaborative synergies.
Henri Lipmanowicz, former president of Merck Intercontinental and Japan, and a friend of the Department of Communication, will co-facilitate the workshops with faculty Arvind Singhal, Ph.D., the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Social Justice Initiative, and others.
“Liberating Structures workshops are very effective in engaging students with each other and the content being discussed, while liberating their knowledge, wisdom and intelligence on different issues.” Singhal said.