Over 1,000 stu­dents expected to dis­cuss ser­vice and advo­cacy on col­lege campuses

WHO/​WHAT: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will wel­come over 900 stu­dents from hun­dreds of col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties to the 23rd annual IMPACT Con­fer­ence for a dis­cus­sion about ser­vice and advo­cacy. This National Stu­dent Con­fer­ence on Ser­vice, Advo­cacy & Social Action is a three-​​day event fea­turing more than 90 work­shops con­nected to the broad themes of ser­vice, activism, and social jus­tice. Topics range from building and strength­ening com­mu­nity ser­vice groups on campus to the role of inves­tiga­tive jour­nalism in advocacy.

IMPACT is his­tor­i­cally the largest con­vening in the country of campus com­mu­nity mem­bers involved in ser­vice, activism, pol­i­tics, advo­cacy, and other socially respon­sible work across philo­soph­ical and ide­o­log­ical lines. Some 300–400 higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions will be rep­re­sented during the three-​​day sym­po­sium. This event builds on the legacy set forth by the Campus Out­reach Oppor­tu­nity Leage (COOL) Con­fer­ence and the Ide­alist Campus Con­fer­ence, span­ning an incred­ible 20-​​plus year history.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Ned Rimer, co-founder of Citizen Schools
  • Alexis McGill, executive director of Citizen Change, an organization that engages young people in voting
  • Shelby Know, youth activist and subject of the film “The Education of Shelby Knox”
  • Jarrett Barrios, president of the Blue Cross of Massachusetts Foundation and former state senator
  • Staceyann Chin, artist/activist

WHEN: March 7–9, 2008

WHERE: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, 360 Hunt­ington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

Media is wel­come to attend any por­tion of the conference.

For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.chang​ingth​ep​re​sent​.org/​c​a​m​p​u​s​c​o​n​f​e​r​e​n​c​e​2​0​08/ or con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu