An “Activist Workshop: Leaderful Efforts” will be led by Rachel Marco-Havens and local activists Carol Apacki, Rita Kipp, and Ceciel Shaw on in Knobel Hall (Burton D. Morgan Center). The workshop is designed to train students how to effectively and efficiently engage as grassroots organizers and activists on the local, state, and national scale. Workshop participants will develop an action plan to address a selected issue and propel the movement forward.
Starting with serving in Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Carol Apacki has been actively involved as a community volunteer most of her adult life. Seeing a need—and then figuring out how to respond has engaged her in initiating a variety of community efforts that include a cooperative nursery school, a support group for the local shelter for domestic violence, a high school positive prevention program, a local citizens’ environmental group, and most recently, a League of Women Voters of Licking County.
Rita Kipp taught cultural anthropology at Kenyon College for 28 years before taking various administrative positions at other institutions. Her academic life included teaching gender studies and publishing articles about women’s experiences while also advocating for equal opportunity and sexual harassment training in the academy. Currently retired, she lives in Granville and participates with activist groups such as Indivisible (gathering petition signatures for a ballot initiative against gerrymandering) and Strong Voices Rising (focusing on promoting women candidates). She also chairs a new chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Ceciel Shaw began her work as an activist as an undergraduate at Douglass College, Rutgers University’s all-women college. There she developed her belief that the personal is political while participating in student government and harm reduction outreach. She earned a Masters in Learning Disabilities at Teachers College—Columbia University and for over a decade worked as an educator, from elementary to college. Becoming the mother to three children has heightened her passion for social justice. In the wake of the November 2016 election, she founded Strong Voices Rising, a women-centered organization working to build a more progressive community in Licking County, Ohio. The group supports political candidates committed to fostering social, economic, and racial justice.
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