Civil Discourse & Social Change

5th Annual Student Social Justice Conference

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Event Flyer

On April 21, 9:00AM-5:30PM, we are hosting CDSC’s Fifth Social Justice Student Conference via Zoom. Please look for the call for student paper submissions and encourage your students to present at the conference about their social justice organizing, research, and/or artivism. The keynote speaker at 12:00PM-2:00PM will be geographer Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore, who co-founded Critical Resistance ( and is one of the preeminent scholar-activists on prison abolition. Dr. Gilmore will speak on her upcoming book Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition ( The keynote speaker at 4:00-5:30PM will be Chamorro environmental justice lawyer Julian Aguon, author of memoir/manifesto The Properties of Perpetual Light ( and partner at Blue Ocean Law (, an international law firm specializing in environmental justice and indigenous rights in the Pacific. Please consider building this event into your Spring 2022 classes, especially if you are teaching about prison abolition, contemporary social justice movements, environmental justice, settler colonialism, and indigenous rights in Oceania.  This event is co-sponsored with Project Rebound, the CSUN DREAM Center, the Ethnic Studies Pathways Project, and the USU.