Students from the UC Berkeley School for Social Welfare started the Social Justice Symposium to recognize Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to serving others.
They wanted to create an event which teaches participants how to do more just and equitable social work in the community.
Their vision for an event which encourages community members to help each other and themselves has blossomed into a free conference attended by over 300 people annually.
This year the conference will feature a morning keynote speech by Favianna Rodriguez and Julio Salgado who are local artists and activists working for justice for undocumented people, and an afternoon performance by Jazz Hudson whose spoken word has spread across the Bay Area, equaled only by her work with at-risk foster youth.
Sixteen terrific organizations and individuals will present workshops on a range of topics from an analysis of race, gender, and class in the Juvenile Justice system to a discussion of the disability rights movement.
We invite you to join us this year to learn new skills and leave empowered to create change in your community! The event will be held on Feb. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley located at 2407 Dana St.
Please go to our site to pre-register at http://socialwelfare.berkeley.edu/sjs/.