From the Activism Symposium organizers:
The black experience is one historically distorted or excluded from white-centric resistance movements. However, black resistance, and specifically black women's resistance, to oppressive systems calls for the dissolution of all systems of oppression. This year's student-run symposium responds to a sentiment posed by Audre Lorde: "that what is most important to me must be spoken." So, how do you or your community break silences, bridge differences and create coalition? Why should black voices and narratives be centered in activist praxis?
The Wells College Activism Symposium Committee seeks talk, workshop, performance and panel proposals that that involve intersecting narratives of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, language and dis/ability. Created in 2002 by Wells alumna Saira Raza, the purpose of this student-run symposium has been to promote civic engagement, encourage critical thinking and find links between the academy and the world at large. A primary objective of the symposium remains to engage students and local, state and national communities to use the college as a space for advancing social justice and community development through interdisciplinary study.