UMEC hosts regular co-curricular programs that focus on a social justice issue and highlights the experiences of historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized communities. Our programs fall within three different themes:
Multiple Lens Film Series — Multiple Lens Film Series presents a series of short and feature-length documentaries and films that narratives focus on social change to show how filmmaking can be used as a tool to bring social change. Past films we have shown include The Hate U Give, 13th, Dolores, and American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.
Speak Up Series — Speak Up Series provides a platform for guest lecturers, spoken word poets, and students within our community to share their stories and experiences. Some guests we’ve brought to campus include Denice Frohman, Alex Dang, and Tim Wise.
Talk About it Thursdays (TAIT)- Talk about it Thursdays brings in a guest speaker to campus. These events focus on a flow of topics and conversations about relevant topics in navigating student life. Prior TAIT speakers have included Will Davis, former NFL player, with the topic of life management.
Diversity Monologues - Student performers share personal and poetic stories from their cultural lenses that stirs the audience to reflect upon the human experience.
Watch our 2020 Diversity Monologues performance here.
Art & Activism — Art & Activism is about empowering individuals and communities to look at art as a tool to spread messages regarding social justice. This series includes bringing artists to campus for guest lectures, hosting art displays in our office, and creating social justice oriented art pieces within our community.