How to maintain a DU affinity group
How to request a DU Portfolio or Canvas page for your affinity group
Follow the instructions on: http://otl.du.edu/knowledgebase/du-portfolio-quick-tip-create-a-portfolio/
Send an email to the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL): email@example.com
The email must contain:
- The name of your affinity group
- The full names of the members
- DU ID of the members
- DU emails (@du.edu) of the members
How to make your Facebook page official
- Contact Marketing and Social Media
- Fill out a form
Benefit: Your Facebook page will be on the official DU page, thus promoting visibility for your affinity group.
- Set up a schedule or posting calendar to keep the page active at least twice a week
- On your posts, you can use:
- Articles, especially related to the month's theme (e.g., Black History Month)
- Sharing posts from other associations
- Include a staff member, in case all students graduate.
- Keep communication active on Facebook with GSSW and other organizations that already have a page.
Rules to post posters at Sturm Hall
Go to the front desk at Discroll Underground and ask the staff to stamp your posters to authorize their hanging on open boards across campus.
Rules to post posters at Sturm Law
We have a strict posting policy, and we ONLY allow flyers on our community boards, located on the 1st floor of our building, or in classrooms, using thumb tacks. We DO NOT allow postings on the walls or in bathrooms with the use of tape.
If you want to post in our building, the posters MUST be approved by our office (not Driscoll) and may then be posted in the approved areas.
You can further review our policy in our student handbook, here: http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/student-handbook/general-information#posting
To submit an event to the website: http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/submit-event
Rules to post posters at Ruffatto Hall
Due to the LEED Gold certification, Ruffatto Hall has to limit hanging paper signs unless absolutely necessary (this is required to meet the LEED GOLD certification).
Any paper sign in Ruffatto Hall, even ones with Driscoll Student Center approval will be taken down.
Luckily we have digital signs on all 4 floors and you can request to have your information shared there.
Further information: http://www.du.edu/studentlife/driscoll/services/posting.html
How to spread the word about an event
DU Diversity: www.du.edu/diversity
Undergrad newsletter: www.du.edu/studentlife/pioneer-pulse
For guidelines on how to post your event on the television screens at Anderson Academic Commons, please read Digisign Guidelines (uploaded here).
If you'd like to submit an event to be included in the AHSS e-mail, please fill out the event promotion request form (http://www.du.edu/ahss/ahsseventpromo) by Wednesday.
If you'd like your event to be posted on the Sturm TV monitors, fill out the slide template (uploaded here) and send it to Jan Ballard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For GTIs and GTAs
Here are some resources for you to begin teaching as a Graduate Teaching Instructor (GTI) or a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA).
Feel free to use and modify these class activities.
Helpful DU resources and information
How to report discrimination incidents at DU
Race, Inequality and Social Change (RISC)
This website has a list of classes at DU that focus on social justice. Please use it to choose your graduate classes and recommend it to your students!
Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place & Law
Mara Waldruff's "Spoken Tapestry" is a website with podcasts about diversity (and lack thereof) at DU: https://spokentapestrydu.wordpress.com
At DU EMS, we are committed to the safety of everyone on campus. We recognize that students, staff and faculty do not always feel safe when walking home at night or comfortable calling a Campus Safety Officer. That’s why the DU EMS Club has partnered with Campus Safety to create the SafeWalk Program.
Every THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY night from 8:00pm - 2:00am. Want a SafeWalk with a DU Student? Just call 303-871-2334
Documentaries for social justice classes
SNCC Digital Gateway: https://snccdigital.org
Digital Storytelling: http://www.storycenter.org/stories/
How to organize a social intervention
Organizer Training at Korbel (January 29th, 2017)
Topic: Direct action organizing
By Keron Blair
Campaign or social movement?
- Campaigns serve social movements. Are we organizing a campaign or a movement?
- Not everybody has to feel comfortable all the time. For instance, unlikely allies may agree with you in a campaign, but not in a larger movement.
- People join a fight when there’s something in for them or for people they care about
Steps to plan an intervention
2. Issue/solution: pass legislation, series of protests, education, letters (e.g., lists of demands, manifestos, petitions), phone calls, etc.
3. Strategies and tactics, planning: Who will be affected by the result we desire? Who are the targets (decision-makers)? What will it take for each group in power to give in?
4. Outreach, base building: How to get people on board? When there is a “silent majority,” how to encourage them to become more vocal than the oppressive minority?
What matters to the institution:
1. Dollars: Show that the institution currently loses money, or will lose money, if our demands are not met. Alternatively, show that the institution may get money if demands are met.
2. Number of protesters: Emphasize how many people, organizations, or areas are on our side.
3. Day-to-day function: We must stop activities from working normally, for instance, by stopping traffic or occupying a building.
It's not enough to be right!
- The debate must be about power and leverage
- Moral debates are not effective: It’s not enough to be right!
- If the institution (college administration, government, corporation, etc.) says no, what can we do about it?
- What do we have that they need?
- Who can we bring to our side that has power?
- Give a threat and a deadline, for example: “If you don’t make a concrete decision by next week, we will organize a disruption of graduation day.”
Questions we must ask:
- What do we want?
- What are we willing to do if our demands are not met by a certain time?
- Is it enough to force a concession? Will it actually change people’s lives? How so?
- What does victory look like?
- Goals must be specific and measurable: offer a lot of details
- Volunteers: How many? Who?
- Leaders: How many? Who?
- Money: How much do we need for our action and how much does the institution have to spend?
- Time: What can we achieve in 1 year? How about the second year? Etc. If we build a legacy for our cause, newcomers may want to be part of it.
- What agreements can we make behind the scenes? For instance, we can ask groups that agree on a certain point but disagree on other points to join our fight, so that they can all be part of a campaign without having to be together in the same room.
- In one way or another, we may use allies. But we must never abuse allies. We shouldn’t burn bridges. We should keep investing in the community after the campaign.
- Be specific and name the constituents, allies, opponents, and targets. What are their actual names, what power do they have, what is their background?
- The Messaging step is to build a good image for the general public. Example: video recordings of personal testimonies, ending with “And this is what you should do about it...”
- “Safety pins won’t save us”: the solution must fit the problem, i.e., if we present the problem as too big, it makes no sense to offer a solution in a very small scale.
- Tactics is the last step! Choose at least 10 and plan a detailed timeline.
- Who is the target? The target should be close enough. If they are so high or distant that we can never be in the same room to negotiate (e.g., the president of the United States), perhaps we should rethink our target.
- It must be disruptive. You want to make the establishment feel challenged and uncomfortable.
- The disruption must last long enough for things to change
- There must be a reason why the establishment doesn’t want us to do it
- The action must be escalated and diversified
- There must be clear demands
- The target must know that we are doing it. Example: consumers who have erased Uber in protest sent messages to the corporation making them know.
- If we are afraid of getting caught and carry out “secret” actions, there will be no results. We should try to make disruption a common practice everywhere.
- At the same time, we must make the target know that they can win us back if they give in to our demands. If they give up on us completely, then they won’t change.
- Anticipate the backlash and plan accordingly
- How to impact the target? The impact must be measurable.
- Sustainable acts of resistance: protests must be part of a larger and longer-term effort, so it must be a series of actions rather than just one.
- You must urge and inspire people. If the reaction is “Alright, I’ll sign this petition. Bye.”, then we’re not doing it right. The reaction should be “Fuck, yeah!” or “Fuck, no!”
- How to make more people come: parties, bar protests, etc.
Topic: One-on-one tough conversations
By Blanca Trejo
What is power?
- Power is neither good nor bad.
- Power is not given, it’s taken.
- Power is not transferrable. For instance, even if we take power in one place, it doesn’t mean we’ll have power in another setting.
- What is my role?
Steps to conduct a one-on-one tough conversation
1. Self-introduction, credentials (formal or informal depending on the audience)
3. Curiosity, listen, intentional questions: show genuine interest in the person’s talk
4. Ask, next steps: “Given what you have said about your interests and passions, would you be willing to come to our meetings? Donate money to the cause? Be on our listserv?” Etc.
5. Reflection, evaluation
- Building trust
- No matter how challenging the conversation is, we must recognize in our interlocutor their humanity.
- Try to find a common interest (e.g., caring about children)
- How can I connect with this person again?
- My role is to listen. 75% talking about them, 25% about me.
The body metaphor
- Head: Who is this person?
- Shoulders: What are the pressures they are facing? What social problems are they worried about?
- Heart: Who do they love? What are they passionate about? Why?
- Feet: Action, next steps. What might they be willing to do about it?
- Think about five people with whom you are willing to have a one-on-one hard conversation