The Advocacy Academy


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I'm devoting this issue to a big event, the workshop series I've put together with work colleagues: the Advocacy Academy@Teachers College, Columbia University on September 8 & 9, 2021 4-7pm:

Register here!

The Advocacy Academy is Teachers College's premier event to provide space to take civic action. This year's event, "How to Effectively Advocate Amid the Pandemic" will feature workshops for advocates and non-profit leaders from across Columbia University and New York to boost advocates' skills on how to take action with the communities they care about. The event is online, free, and open to the general public.

Day 1 is about internal advocacy: how to know yourself, sustain yourself, build coalitions around you.

Day 2 is about external advocacy: how to engage with communities and elected officials.

See full agenda below.

We'll also hold a monthly Interest Group, a free space for advocates to workshop their own ideas and build coalitions. It'll be every second Tuesday of the month, at 12pmET, via zoom. Register here.

Advocacy Academy agenda

  • 4:00-4:30pm: Welcome & Keynote
    Welcome Remarks: Cameron Arnzen, TC Student Senate Vice President, Ph.D Candidate, Politics and Education

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Isabel Martinez '10, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • 4:30-5:15pm: Learning and Unlearning: Practices for Continued Personal Development
    Facilitators: Alana Crosby, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Life and Development, DJ Jeffries, M.A. Candidate, Adult Learning and Organizational Leadership
  • 5:15-6:00pm: Your Brave Truth
    Facilitator: Tonya Ingram, Poet, Author, and Health Advocate
  • 6:00-6:45pm, Getting Connected to TC Communities
    Facilitator: Marion Bakhoya, TC Student Senate Vice President, Ed.D Candidate, Applied Physiology
  • 6:45-6:55pm, Conclusion
    Denise Boneta, Director, Graduate Student Life and Development


  • 4:00-4:30pm: Welcome & Keynote
    Welcome Remarks: Joey Uy, Student Assistant, Government Relations

    Keynote Speaker: Rahsaan Harris '99, CEO of Citizens Committee for NY
  • 4:30-5:15pm How to be an effective storyteller
    Facilitator: Christina Torres, Ph.D. Candidate, Science Education
  • 5:15-6:00pm How to advocate with underserved communities
    Facilitators: Mondaire Jones, US Representative
    Jessica Ramos, NY Senator
  • 6:00-6:45pm How to mobilize your community
    Facilitator: Khaleel Anderson, NY State Assembly Member
  • 6:45-6:55pm Conclusion
    Matthew J. Camp, Director, Government Relations

    Register today!

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