Session 2 Workshops

Wellness, Expression, and Community Through Movement: fostering personal and community growth through dance.

This workshop will guide attendees through discussion on how dance can serve as a vehicle for promoting groundedness through physical activity and cultural expression, as well as foster a sense of community. Group conversation will serve to illuminate what various pathways to healing and wellness can look like while providing emphasis on the benefits of cultural appreciation and togetherness. This discussion will comprise the first half of the session, while the second half will consist of a short dance workshop where members of the Bi-Co Latin-Hip Hop dance team Haverritmo will guide participants, informed by mindfulness practices, through learning a short choreography. People of all levels of physical ability and dance proficiency are welcome!

Presenters: Jalexie Urena and Rebecca Zaletofsky

Track I: Joy and rest as resistance: (Re)envisioning wellness, self-care, and resilience

Stokes Hall 106

Ancestral Visionaries: Embracing Love and Joy as Resistance

This workshop revolves around understanding the interconnectedness of systemic racism, self-hatred, and societal marginalization that People of Color experience. Through exploring historical contexts and engaging in reflective activities, participants can gain a deeper understanding of the root causes of these issues and their impact on individual well-being and collective identity. Additionally, attendees will learn strategies for reclaiming their agency, joy, and self-worth while recognizing their role in challenging and dismantling oppressive systems. Ultimately, the workshop aims to empower participants to honor their heritage, cultivate resilience, and contribute to creating more inclusive and equitable communities.

Presenter: Whitney Rigodon

Track I: Joy and rest as resistance: (Re)envisioning wellness, self-care, and resilience

Stokes Hall 104

Ardmore: Seen and Unseen – Episode viewing and panel discussion

In this session, we will view the WHYY episode of Precious Places featuring Ardmore, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia bordering Haverford College. Afterward, we’ll have a panel discussion with Ardmore residents Nahjee Grant, Muneera Walker, and Kelly Kirby, who all participated in the making of the short documentary, moderated by Emily Johnson. The episode and our discussion will focus on stories from the historic and nurturing African American community of Ardmore, looking as well at current struggles against displacement by gentrification.

Presenters: Nahjee Grant, Kelly Kirby, Muneera Walker, and Emily Johnson moderating

Track II: Artivism, sound, and movements: (Re)fashioning the ways we organize and advocate for change

Stokes Auditorium

Creating Campus Voting Coalitions

There was a 5.3 percent decrease in total Black student voting between the 2012 and 2016 elections. The Campus Vote Project created the Legacy Initiative out of a desire to understand the specific barriers of students of color particularly at HBCUs. Organizing a campus coalition is a major way we can increase student turnout. This workshop will explore how to organize your campus in an equitable manner to ensure every student who wishes is registered to vote and given the tools to be able to vote in every election. With a goal of institutionalizing student voting engagement on campuses, our session will introduce participants to a variety of free tools and resources available to all campuses. Voting should be a joyful celebration, and joy will be centered throughout the entire workshop.

Presenters: Chuck Black, Emily Gale, Kadida Kenner, and Joseph Olah

Track II: Artivism, sound, and movements: (Re)fashioning the ways we organize and advocate for change

Lutnick Library 230

Building Beloved Communities: Cultivating Radical Imagination for Collective Liberation

This workshop invites participants to envision and co-create more just and equitable futures. Drawing inspiration from the principles of radical imagination and community-building, attendees will explore practical strategies for dismantling systems of oppression and fostering inclusive spaces of belonging. Through storytelling, visioning exercises, and collaborative dialogue, participants will imagine alternative models of leadership, governance, and social organization rooted in joy, solidarity, and collective liberation. By centering the voices and experiences of marginalized communities, this session aims to inspire actionable steps towards building a more hopeful and transformative world.

Presenter: Juan M. Hernandez

Track III: (Re)imagining what’s possible for ourselves, our institutions, our communities, and our world

Lutnick 202

(Re)imagining Allyship Through (Re)defining Difference

This workshop aims to encourage participants to reflect on the possibilities of meaningful allyship by defining our individual identities and embracing our intersecting lived experiences. We ground this work in Audre Lorde’s framework of utilizing the strengths of our differences to bring about collective liberation. By “defining and empowering” our individual identities, we are rejecting the master’s tools which dismiss difference as a tool of division and destruction. In this workshop we will engage with restorative journaling prompts to reflect independently and with one another on how to move toward intersectional and collective liberation and resistance.

Presenters: Bukky Olugbeko and Yuriko Zhang

Track III: (Re)imagining what’s possible for ourselves, our institutions, our communities, and our world

Stokes Hall 102

Skinfolk or Kinfolk?: Building Trust between BIPOC Students and Administrators

Over the past decade, many colleges and universities have seen an influx of people from historically marginalized backgrounds stepping into administrative leadership roles as Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, and Directors of major campus programs. However, increased representation alone does not automatically translate into better outcomes or a more inclusive environment for students of color. Are BIPOC administrators working hard enough to support BIPOC students and advance equity and social justice on our campuses?

In this panel discussion, moderated by Haverford student leaders and activists, a group of senior-level administrators of color from CHAS institutions will share insights and personal stories about the joys and complexities of working to advance social change within PWIs. Through open and honest dialogue with the moderators and attendees, we will explore questions like: Can BIPOC students trust BIPOC administrators and vice versa? What are the unique challenges faced by BIPOC administrators? What do BIPOC students want administrators to better understand about their needs and interests? How might we address power dynamics that create barriers to strong communication and collaboration between BIPOC students and administrators?

Presenters: Taylor Johnson (moderator), Maria Reyes Pacheco (moderator), John McKnightKarlene Burrell-McRaeHarmony Morel, and Eric Estes.

Track III: (Re)imagining what’s possible for ourselves, our institutions, our communities, and our world

Lutnick 200