General Sessions


Keynote: Frank Warren

Post Secret: College and University Life
Sunday, March 20, 2–4 p.m.
Post Secret is an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren in 2005. Hundreds of thousands have mailed their secrets to Warren anonymously on a homemade postcard. The secret must be completely truthful and something never revealed. Submissions range from secret desires, misconduct, and embarrassing habits to hopes and dreams. Wading through thousands of submissions, he has gathered secrets, both humorous and profound, connected to college and university life that he will share during this keynote address.

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Keynote: Bree Newsome

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Monday, March 21, 10:15–11:45 a.m.
Bree Newsome is the community organizer and activist who removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House. Newsome’s intention was to create a new image, a new symbol, and a new consciousness of the power inherent in direct action. The iconic picture of her on the pole, flag in hand, has become a touchstone of empowerment for disenfranchised people around the world. Newsome will share a multimedia presentation that tells the story of how the confederate flag action came together, and how it represents a path forward in the continued struggle for equality. She will touch on the role of higher education as launching sites for organization and protest and the critical role students have played in social justice movements.

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Keynote: Jamie Tworkowski

To Write Love on Her Arms
Tuesday, March 22, 4–5:30 p.m.
Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms. The nonprofit organization aims to provide support and hope for people struggling with depression, self-injury, suicide, and mental illness. Tworkowski will talk about the power of community and how student union and student life professionals can create a safe-space, care for one another, and provide support. TWLOHA began as a simple attempt to tell the story of a friend in need of treatment, and soon became an Internet phenomenon and global movement.

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PanelInternational Union Directors Panel

College Unions and Student Engagement: An International Perspective
Wednesday, March 23, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Panelists from around the world will share current practices, programs, and services, as well as discuss the history of student engagement in their country, the changes that have taken place over the last 25 years, and what the future may hold.     

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Updated Jan. 13, 2016