How can WE best serve?

Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, October 22 for the Third Annual “How Can We Best Serve” Conference!

A student-led community awareness event at the University of Louisville, “How Can We Best Serve” is planned and hosted by the AmeriCorps Bonner Leaders and sponsored by First Year Initiatives, Book-in-Common and Ideas 2 Action. The conference calls upon student leaders and attendees to learn more about community issues, develop action plans in service learning, and to further the cause of social justice.

This year’s conference is based on the themes surrounding U of L’s Book-in-Common, “The Other Wes Moore.” A story about two men with identical names and similar childhoods, the book recounts the tale of how both individuals ended up on opposite ends of the spectrum in adulthood – one, a Rhodes Scholar, and the other, a convicted murderer. Speakers at the conference will be community leaders who have dedicated their careers to educating the public on issues surrounding poverty, educational equality, and mental health.

Attendees can choose two break-out sessions to meet with community leaders who are committed to the issues outlined in the book: Access to Education, Expectations and Identity, Resiliency, Economic Disparity, Racial Inequality and Cultural Diversity, and Youth Empowerment. There will also be a keynote speaker to underscore the importance of community engagement through action and advocacy.

The program stresses the importance of service learning, which the Bonner Leaders have found to be one of the most effective ways to learn career skills, and enrich relationships on campus and in the community. The “How Can We Best Serve Conference” will increase understanding of social justice issues and inspire student engagement.

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Register for the conference and reserve your free lunch!

For more information visit the HBCWS website.

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