Dangerous Minds: Student Identity & Activism in a Climate of Hate

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Burton Hall 120, 5:00-6:30 PM. Food will be provided. Students are especially encouraged to attend 

Join us for the next event in our Facing Race: Agency, Social Responsibility, and Intersectional Justice For All series, "Dangerous Minds: Student Identity & Activism in a Climate of Hate."

"Dangerous Minds” is a multimedia experience that seeks to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a student activist?" It is a historical examination of the student activist experience in America, including how contemporary events such as the death of Sandra Bland, protest at the University of Missouri, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner all impact the narrative that America is post racial. Critically engaging in its presentation this program will have audiences re-evaluating their views on racism, equality, and social justice.

Bryant K. Smith is a master communicator who combines more than 20 years of Higher Ed experience both in Academic and Student Affairs with a multidisciplinary approach to examine issues, problem solve and offer solutions. He uses an interactive multimedia format to help the audience critically think about the issues presented and to help them put theory into practice in their daily lives. These programs examine timely issues such as the campus unrest at places like, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Texas A & M University, Xavier University New Orleans, University of California at Berkeley, Clemson University, and identifies links between those instances, popular culture, social media and the 2016 Presidential Election cycle. 

This program concludes with the audience being provided three critical reflective concepts and at least ten immediately actionable steps to help a campus community move forward while promoting diversity, inclusion and equity, while respecting individual rights and freedoms and promoting and maintaining civil a learning environment. 

Purpose: Provide attendees an opportunity to critically think, strategically plan, and act responsibly in regard to their interest in becoming and or critiquing student activism.

Format: Interactive, Multimedia Workshop. Can be delivered as a lecture or keynote speech as well. Q & A session at conclusion of program.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will learn to apply critical thinking to examine the 2016 Presidential Election Cycle with emphasis on identifying potential opportunities for changes to institutional programs, policies, and practices.  
  • Attendees will learn to strategically plan activities, programs, and other co-curricular initiatives that will support the university communities efforts at recruiting, retaining and graduating globally competent and responsible citizens.
  • Attendees will learn several theories and how the application of those theories can assist their understanding of issues related to difference, freedom of speech, and social justice.
  • Attendees will learn how to incorporate personal accountability and responsibility to create a value centered approach to political involvement and social justice.  


Co-sponsored by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program and the College of Education and Human Development.


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