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‘Break that Wall’: 25th Annual Social Justice Summit Coming to HSU - Humboldt State Now

‘Break that Wall’: 25th Annual Social Justice Summit Coming to HSU

The HSU MultiCultural Center (MCC) will present the 25th Annual Social Justice Summit on campus from Monday, Feb. 25 to Friday, March 2.

The summit explores how stories are power sites for understanding and building relationships. MCC’s vision for this year’s Social Justice Summit is to highlight tools for non-violent expressions. The theme, “Break that Wall,” seeks to provide tools for effective advocacy, finding oneself in this time of commodified bodies, and active ways to change the complicated world through words.

HSU and College of the Redwoods students, faculty, and staff, and community members are invited to participate in the summit, which is free to all. To attend the summit or to receive academic credit, please register through HSU’s College of Extended Learning & Global Engagement.

Keynote speaker Kim Davalos will open the summit with a lecture: “The Rabbit Hole & The Red Queen’s Race,” on Monday, Feb. 25 6-8 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room.

Davalos, a full-time counseling faculty at Skyline College, is involved in the Bay Area poetry and spoken word community and values using art, entrepreneurship, creativity, and critical performance art pedagogy in the classroom and counseling best practices. Last year, Kim published her first book of poetry, delilah’s daughter.

Davalos will also lead a workshop: “Heartwork: Love Letters & Languages,” on Monday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. in Nelson Hall East 102. Attendees will assess their own love languages, explore how the power of language and love are tools for resistance, and participate in a writing session to practice turning love languages into words.

The summit will culminate with a lecture by HSU English and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Professor Barbara Curiel: “Border Walls & Borderlands Identities” on Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at the Kate Buchanan Room. Curiel is a specialist in Chicano and Latino studies.

For the full schedule, visit For more information, please contact the MultiCultural Center at 707.826.3364 or email