Spring 2019 Building Bridges Classes

"Building Bridges” is a campus-wide public art and engagement initiative that draws on the power of solidarity and creative expression to bring people together and create bridges across difference. This initiative is funded by the Office of the Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion.

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Our Immigrant Voices

Fridays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., February 15 to March 22 (5 sessions)
Goodell Room 406A

This course will bring together immigrant employees to get to know each other and to discuss ways they would like to amplify the voices and realities of immigrant employees on campus. Participants and facilitators will work together to create a display that will be showcased in a campus-wide event on April 9, 2019. The course meets four times in the fall and six times in the spring. Anyone in the UMass community interested in being a part of this course is encouraged to sign up.   —Yi Sun and Jacob Carter, facilitators  

Showcasing Worker Artists at UMass

Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., February 19 to March 26 (5 sessions)
Goodell Room 406A

This course brings together worker artists and others to explore the ways in which they can showcase the talents of worker artists on campus. Specifically, participants will be planning for contributions to an event on April 9, 2019 and how to more generally increase the visibility of worker artists on the UMass campus in the years to come. The course meets three times in the fall and five times in the spring.  Anyone in the UMass community interested in being a part of this course is encouraged to sign up.  — Jacob Carter and Joe Connolly, facilitators

Sharing Our UMass Stories: A Writing & Performance Workshop 

Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., February 21, February 28, March 7, March 21, March 28, April 4 (6 sessions)
Campus Center 903

The people who work at UMass have powerful life stories to share. Do you have a life outside of UMass that students and staff don’t get to see? Perhaps you play in a band, write poetry, or lived in another country and have world experiences that our campus can learn from. Join this five-session writing and performance workshop, where you will learn how to craft writing that shares what’s most important about you. And if you would like to collect other people’s stories, we will help you develop skills to do that. We will also learn how to share our stories out loud and practice performance skills so that we can share these stories at the Building Bridges event on April 9, 2019. Everyone is welcome—just bring a computer or a notebook, a pen, your writing voice and story-slam excitement.        —Leslie Fraser and Julie Rosier, instructors

Worker Rights as Civil Rights

Thursdays, February 28, 1 to 2:30 p.m.; March 7, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; March 14, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Location to be determined

The documentary “At the River I Stand” tells the story of the 1968 Memphis, Tennessee sanitation workers strike and its connection to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights movement, and AFSCME's early organizing of public sector workers in the South.  This three-session course will use this film to look at an important moment in history. We will also use the issues the film raises as a basis for class participants to discuss your own experiences and perspectives, as we explore together the ways in which worker rights connect to civil rights. Session #2 includes the film showing, with a free light lunch provided by the Office of Equity and Inclusion. 
—taught by Cedric De Leon, director of the UMass Labor Center and Pat Greenfield, retired professor at the School of Management and former director of the UMass Labor Center


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