JULY 22 – 24: Summer Conference 2011

Join students, faculty, and community members from across the state of Georgia to discuss how to fight the ban, the fees, and the budget cuts!

WHEN: July 22 – July 24
WHERE:  Georgia State University Bookstore Building, 3rd floor
66 Courtland Street SE
Atlanta Georgia 30303

The conference is completely free, complete with food and childcare!


Here is a detailed schedule of the conference:


3:00 – 6:00 PM

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: “Student Action Against the Privatized University”
Students and Workers in Solidarity
Progressive Student Alliance
Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance
Georgia Students for Public Higher Education


12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Brunch, registration

12:30 PM – 1:35 PM
WORKSHOP: “WE ARE NOT THE CRISIS: The Economic ‘Crisis’ and the Fight Back Against Austerity”
A discussion on the origins of the current economic crisis, the ensuing wave of austerity measures, and the student fight back in Georgia.

1:35 PM -1:45 PM

1:45 PM-2:45 PM
WORKSHOP: “LIFT THE BAN: The Effects of Anti-Immigrant Policy and Legislation on Public Education”
Presenter: Azadeh Shahshahani, American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia 
A discussion on how national and state anti-immigration legislation, written by private corporations, impacts undocumented youth and our education systems.

2:45 PM -3:00 PM

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
WORKSHOP 3A “HOPE IS OUR ONLY HOPE: Organizing in Response to HOPE Scholarship Cuts”
A discussion on the nature of the HOPE scholarship cuts, and a skill-sharing session on how to organize your campus.

WORKSHOP 3B “CREATIVE TACTICS AND ESCALATION: Organizational Values and Moving Forward”
How GSPHE can improve itself as a statewide coalition, and projections for Fall 2011. What obstacles have we hit? How have our actions evolved?

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

GSPHE Art Opening at the MINT Gallery


12:00 – 12:30 PM
Brunch, registration

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
“THE GLOBAL STUDENT MOVEMENT: The International Fight Back”
Students from the international and national community discussing their organizing work and the movement at large.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
“NEXT STEPS: How to Approach the Fall 2011”
This discussion will articulate statewide demands to guide GSPHE actions for the 2011 – 2012 school year and what our fall semester day of action will be.

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Reflections of the conference


Please email georgiasphe@gmail.com if you have any questions!


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