UIC to Host Global Activism Expo

Hundreds of Chicago-area activists will gather at the University of Illinois at Chicago for the fifth annual Global Activism Expo on April 28.

The free event, hosted by UIC’s Social Justice Initiative and presented by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ 91.5 FM), will be noon – 6 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road.

The goal is to offer local communities a chance to get involved with participating organizations that have been featured on WBEZ’s Global Activism Series.

Among the projects represented will be teaching neonatal resuscitation in Tanzania, building libraries in Haiti, assisting survivors of sexual violence in Congo, and helping victims of human trafficking in Vietnam.

“We are proud to partner with WBEZ in this important and diverse gathering that seeks to promote service, solidarity and public education around global, economic and human rights issues,” says Barbara Ransby, UIC interim vice provost of planning and programs.

Onsite demonstrations will be presented and free-trade items will be available for purchase. Educational panels and workshops, coordinated by the Social Justice Initiative, The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, and WBEZ, will focus on local and global issues.

Personalities from Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ and Vocalo will be present and participate in breakout sessions. More information about the expo¬†or call (312) 948-4600.

UIC’s Social Justice Initiative reflects the university’s mission to “create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.” Later this year, the program will organize a Student Summer Institute on Social Justice and Human Rights, initiate various community engagement projects, and help to disseminate art and scholarship that stimulate debate and discussion around social justice concerns. Pop-up “JUST” art centers will appear along south Halsted Street, south of Roosevelt Road, later this spring.

More information about UIC’s Social Justice Initiative.

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