Social Justice Summit Aims to Create Opportunities for Students to Thrive

Feb 24, 2023
Melinda Abdullah, Vivienne Vidette, and PJ Raval will make appearances at this year’s Social Justice Summit.
Melina Abdullah, Vivienne Vidette, and PJ Raval will make appearances at this year’s Social Justice Summit. Photos courtesy of CSU L.A., and the Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion Center at Cal Poly Humboldt.
Cal Poly Humboldt will host the 29th Annual Social Justice Summit from Wednesday March 1 through Friday March 3. This year’s theme—Surviving and Thriving—focuses on building prosperity for marginalized students.

“This theme was chosen to express the obstacles that underrepresented students face, creating a standard of living that is simply based on survival, where they exist without being able to flourish. On the other hand, thriving illustrates growth, prospering, and healing,” says student the event’s coordinator, Jasper Larkins. It was important to the Social Justice Summit committee not to separate these two concepts, because the reality for many students is going to be somewhere in between, and that's okay.”

The summit—a student-led event that the Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion Center and campus partners supportstrives to provide opportunities to thrive; hold compassionate, safe spaces for all; and amplify BIPOC, Queer, disabled, and other intersectional voices, Larkins explains.

The three-day summit includes a drag show, a film fest, interactive presentations that explore the intersection of identities, art, and more. 

Some of the summit’s events are listed below:


Wednesday, March 1

1-2:30 p.m.

Nelson Hall East 102

The summit launches with “The Beautiful Struggle,” featuring Melina Abdullah, professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State L.A., and co-founder of Black Lives Matter L.A. Abdullah is presenting in honor of Justice for Josiah, and will discuss her own experiences while also engaging in conversations around identity.


3-4:30 p.m.

Library 209

“Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Motivation and Activism” will feature a conversation with Amanda Young from Two Feathers Native American Family Services.


6-7:30 p.m.

Library 209

Queer Humboldt presents “Crippling our Narrative,” an interactive presentation about crip theory—identity politics stemming from disability and queer studies.  


7:30-10 p.m.

Art B 102

The first of three movie screenings—one each night—kicks off with “Crip Camp,” a movie about a group of teens with disabilities who help build a movement. 


Thursday, March 2

10-11 a.m.

Library 209

David Cobb, an Advancement Manager for Wiyot Tribe's Dishgamu Community Land Trust, will present during the “Wiyot Tribe: Making Land Back a Reality” presentation. 


12-1:30 p.m.

Nelson Hall East 102

Students for Quality Education present “Dismantling the Police.” 


2-3:30 p.m.

Nelson Hall East 102

Join queer Filipino filmmaker PJ Raval for “Film as Social Impact: CALL HER GANDA Case Study.” Raval will discuss his own experiences, the social impact of his work, and his award-winning film “Call Her Ganda.”

4 p.m.

Nelson Hall East 106

The Drag Panel, Drag Show, and Queer Kickoff features panelists and performers, including: Vivienne Vidette, Komboujia, Tucker Noir, and Maria Arte Susya Purisima Tolentino. During the panel discussion, Cal Poly Humboldt Assistant Professor of Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza will show a video about his experiences. 


8:30-10 p.m.

Art B 102

Film Fest: “Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement,” a movie which showcases human enhancement technologies. 


Friday, March 3

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Library 209

The North Coast Rape Crisis Center presents “Exploring Trauma and Healing.”


2-4 p.m.

Nelson East 102

“Shedding Light on our Unhoused Community” panel presentation with former nonprofit executive Fhyre Phoenix and Anjali Browning from Arcata House Partnership. 


5-6:30 p.m.

Library 209

Black Humboldt presents “Black and Brown Arts for Healing,” a workshop led by Black artists.


7-9:30 p.m.

Art B 102

Film Fest: “The Disruptors,” a movie that explores ADHD.

For more information, including the summit’s schedule, visit