Diversity Convocation 2014


Diversity Convocation

This annual event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs is open to the students, faculty and staff of Tulane University, as well as the general public. 

Every year, the office invites a prominent figure in our world to speak about his or her experiences as a person with a diverse background.


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October 15, 2014

Kendall Cram, LBC 213

Tulane's Office of Multicultural Affairs to host its 16th Annual Diversity Convocation:
"Hashtags and Retweets: Activism and Social Media"

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will bring contributing author for The Nation Mychal Denzel Smith author of "Black Millennials are Emerging as the 'Movement Generation' and "How Trayvon Martin's Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism" will join Tulane University professors Dr. Vicki Mayer and Dr. Mauro Porto; New York University Language Lecture Felix Manuel Burgos and Executive Director of Women With A Vision, Inc. for a moderated conversation around social media and activism moderated by Tulane Professor David Ortiz.  The event will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Kendall Cram Room on the second floor of the Lavin Bernick Center on Tulane's Uptown campus.

Social media has become a prominent and popular tool for activism. The high potential to serve social benefits and increase opportunities to communicate quickly on a global scale allows users to access content instantly and freely. Nonetheless, does social media and "Clicktivism" really progress a movement?  What abilities and what limitations exist?  Can real action and real change come from clicking "like" or retweeting?  As blogger Danny Sriskandarajah, Director of CIVICUS put it "The 'handshake' between traditional and new forms of social activism is crucial. How well will established NGOs and social movements learn to harness cutting-edge technologies? How well will the new generation of social activists learn the lessons of past struggles and ensure that the changes they want in the world are seen through and result in genuine political empowerment?"

Panelists include:

Mychal Denzel Smith I, Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and a Contributing Writer for The Nation Magazine, as well as contributor at Feministing and Salon.

Félix Manuel Burgos, Language Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, who's work focuses on the representation of violence by conducting discourse analysis of mass and social media.  

Deon Haywood , Executive Director of Women With A Vision, Inc. (, a New Orleans-based community organization founded in 1991 to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being.

Vicki Mayer, Tulane Professor of Communication who work focuses on media production and consumption in relation to economic and political transformations in media and creative industries.

Mauro P. Porto, Tulane Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Communication at Tulane University and author of Media Power and Democratization in Brazil: TV Globo and the Dilemmas of Political Accountability (Routledge, 2012).

Moderator David G. Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tulane University and editor-in-chief of Mobilizing Ideas –a scholarly blog on social movements, focuses on the relationship between digital media and activism, the influence of time on contention-repression dynamics, long-term effects of disasters on social movements, and state repression and mobilization in Latin America.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at        504-865-5181504-865-5181.

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