2017 CEW Spectrum of Advocacy & Activism Symposium: Finding Your Voice



 Registration is now closed, as we have reached capacity.
Please note that there will be no onsite registration due to space limitations.


This working symposium is free and open to all activists, advocates, and allies from all U-M campuses (students, staff, faculty) as well as the local community.

The symposium includes presentations by local and national advocacy experts who have taken varied approaches to advocacy in ways that best leverage their current context (power, privilege, and identity). Training sessions will feature capacity-building workshops on a range of topics from community organizing to bystander intervention to running for political office. Afternoon panel discussions will offer practical strategies that attendees can apply to their own work as advocates and activists. At the end of the day, participants will be presented with a common challenge that they will address in small groups comprised of individuals from campus and community.

The day will close out with celebrated and award-winning transgender actress, producer & equal rights advocate Laverne Cox to Rackham Auditorium on Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 pm! In Ms. Cox’s lecture, titled Ain't I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood, she will be sharing her experiences as a trans woman of color, and her work as an international advocate for human rights and gender equality. This lecture serves as the capstone event to the 2017 CEW Spectrum of Advocacy & Activism Symposium being held earlier in the day.

Symposium Goals

  • Engage students, practitioners, and researchers who are interested in advocacy and activism
  • Equip symposium participants with advocacy training that can be applied to their area(s) of interest
  • Develop a network among attendees for potential partnerships beyond the symposium
  • Highlight the value of diverse perspectives in advocacy work.




This Symposium is made possible through the generous support of the CEW Frances & Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and the CEW Mullin Welch Fund. Additional funding is provided by the Office of the Provost’s King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professorship Program. 

CEW would also like to thank the following University of Michigan event partners: Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG), College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs, University Human Resources (UHR), Women of Color Task Force (WCTF), Athletics, School of Public Health (SPH), Student Life, Spectrum Center, and the Ginsberg Center.


The CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund promotes diversity and cultural awareness by bringing women leaders to campus.

The CEW Mullin Welch Lecture Series was established in 1989 by Frances Daseler and Marjorie Jackson in memory of their sister Elizabeth Charlotte Mullin Welch. This fund brings to the U-M campus outstanding women who exemplify Elizabeth's characteristics: creativity, strength of character, and expansive vision.