Be the Change Week
How will you be the change?
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” The idea behind this program stems from a Loyola University Chicago promise to all students, which is, “Preparing people to lead extraordinary lives.” Following the mission and values of our university, we encourage students to embrace our Ignatian heritage and live out the legacy of Ignatius Loyola. Our university has a rich heritage and profound commitment to issues of social responsibility and justice.
Student Leadership Development is hoping to provide programs for students, faculty, and staff, to engage in conversations around what it truly means to “Be the Change.” In collaboration with other departments, we hope to offer a variety of programs that challenge our way of thinking and encourage us to be men and women for others.
Be the Change Week 2014 Schedule
Be the Change. What does this really mean?
6-7:30pm | February 17th | Cuneo Hall 218
Join us for a Leadership Exchange between students, staff, and faculty. During this time we'll engage in conversation around what it truly means to be the change. Dinner will be provided.
Empowering "Anonymous Extraordinaries"
7-8:00pm | February 18th | Cuneo Hall 311
If you were given the chance to drop everything right now and pursue your life purpose, would you take that chance? At the age of 17, Natalie Warne and other Invisible Children interns fueled a movement working thousands of hours with no compensation other than living out their dream to stand for a cause greater than themselves. Come discuss what it means to be an “anonymous extraordinary” within a movement and start envisioning the change that you want to create in the world.
Day of Silent Solidarity
Reflection and Dinner from 5-6:30pm | February 19th | Dumbach 117
“Be the Change Week” includes a day of Silent Solidarity, on Wednesday, February 19th. We invite students and other members of the Loyola University community to participate by remaining silent for at least 4 hours between 9:00am until 5:00pm in solidarity with communities whose voices are often silenced by oppression, and in recognition of issues of social justice that often do not receive the attention they deserve. Participants will be given T-shirts to wear, and handouts to share with people with whom they interact with, to raise awareness of the program. At the end of the day, participants will gather to discuss their experiences and to reflect upon how they will use their voices in the future to advocate for positive change. We will offer dinner during this reflection time, from 5:00 until 6:30pm in Dumbach 117.
To sign up as a participant, stop by our Be The Change Week table in the Damen Student Center. We will hand out t-shirts and other materials on Monday(2/17) and Tuesday(2/18). For additional questions, please message firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of Every Coin: Examining Exclusivity in the Western Feminist Movement
5-7:00pm | February 19th | Regis MPR
My feminism will be intersectional, or it will be bull*&$#!" This presentation aspires to critically examine the prevalent narratives surrounding feminism in the United States. We will expand your knowledge of the feminist movement by acknowledging the ways many feminists have reinforced societal ideas about race, heterosexuality and gender. Finally we'll focus on how the movement can improve, moving forward.
Pledge for Change
11am-2:00pm | February 20th | Damen Student Center Atrium
Oftentimes we assume change can only be made by large groups of people doing big things. During Be the Change Week, we invite you to come and take a pledge to make a change, small or big! "Be the change you wish to see in the world!"