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Concordia - St. Paul

Social Justice Committee

The UMR-ACUHO Social Justice Committee focuses its efforts on educating, celebrating, and mobilizing our membership to better advocate for and with our peers and students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. The committee is made up of five subcommittees: On-going Education, Keynote Speaker Selection, Social Justice Awards, signature event, and Philanthropy.

Our committee seeks to provide opportunities for our region to learn, to share, and to take action outside of the conference. Our committee does this in an effort to meet the region’s mission of educating and providing services that meet the needs of the diverse people and institutions of UMR-ACUHO.

Whether you seek a leadership opportunity within this committee or not, we encourage you to engage in our region in all facets from a social justice framework. By doing so, it is our hope that we will become better-informed professionals who model advocacy for their students and peers.

Philanthropy for the 2019 Annual Conference

At the annual conference, we try and support local charitable efforts and organizations as a way to give back specifically to the communities we disrupt and inhabit during the conference. This year’s UMR conference philanthropy is the International Institute of Minnesota, which provides resources and services to New Americans in their transition to the US.

There are a few ways to give to this organization:

  • Monetary donations can be delivered to the Social Justice Committee table at the conference. Checks can be made out to “International Institute of Minnesota Refugee Resettlement”.
  • Donate to the organization directly by selecting items off of their Amazon Wish List
  • Bring donations to the annual conference! List of Donation Needs.
  • Purchase a t-shirt for $12 at the conference from the Social Justice Committee table! We will have a limited supply available so it will be first come first served.

We hope you take the time to engage with our philanthropic cause as you attend the conference!

Committee Members

Jessica Girdler (Chair), Kansas State University
Alejandra Flores, University of South Dakota
Christian Robinson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Eddy Gonzalez, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Eric Gorecki, St. Cloud State University
Evan Knoespel, University of Iowa
Jacob Alexander, Hamline University
Jacque Jankiewicz, Universit yof Wisconsin - Whitewater
Jake Reily, University of St. Thomas
Lisa Thao, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Mae Yang, College of Saint Benedict
Griselda Feliciano, Carthage College

Social Justice Committee 2019