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Social Justice Summit April 17 Offers Forum for Change

Art Auction April 9 to Benefit Annual Event


Cal State Fullerton’s 6th annual Social Justice Summit, “Finding the Missing Peace,” provides a forum for people to exchange ideas about improving the world, creating effective change and taking social action. The free April 17 event is open to the public, as well as members of the campus community. The event is preceded by an April 9 art auction with sales benefiting the program.


Art Auction,
Friday, April 9, 4 to 8 p.m.
Garden Cafe, Titan Student Union

Social Justice Summit,
Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Titan Student Union

Cal State Fullerton,
800 N. State College Blvd.,
Fullerton, 92831

April 9 Auction:

“Inspired by the Colors Within,” will feature artwork contributed by students and community artists, including paintings, photographs, ceramic objects and 3-D pieces.

Sonia Shah

April 17 Summit Schedule:

9 a.m.
“Living in a Lop-Sided World: Making Sense of Global Disparities in Health and Wealth” by keynote speaker Sonia Shah, an investigative journalist and author whose work has appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, Boston Globe and the Nation. Shah’s work also includes a 2006 drug industry exposé, “The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients” published by New Press.
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Workshops on topics including poverty in Orange County, the water crisis, child soldiers, animal rights, human trafficking and consumerism.
12:30-1:45 p.m.
A free vegan lunch and resource fair


Students Advocating Civic Transformation, under the auspices of the Volunteer & Service Center, organizes the summit. The goal of Students ACT is to promote civic engagement, social responsibility, and increase support and leadership development for student activists.

Student Quote:

Michelle Santizo

“In order to make a movement or a change in society, I believe people need to be informed and educated so they can take the next step. This year’s theme, ‘Finding the Missing Peace’ focuses on reminding people that they are the missing piece to the solution,” said Michelle Santizo, a Students ACT project director and health science major who plans to become a nurse practitioner. “We need more people to join together to make the world a happier and more just place. It does not necessarily take someone volunteering five to 10 hours a week. Instead it takes giving a random person a smile, helping an elderly person cross the street, or making more socially conscious decisions in our daily lives.”


There is no cost to attend the summit, however, advance registration is required and may be completed online.


Parking is free for the Saturday, April 17, Social Justice Summit. Parking is $8 for campus visitors attending the Friday, April 9 auction. For more information, visit the Parking & Transportation website.


Available online.

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Media Contacts:
Amy Mattern, Volunteer & Service Center, 657-278-3504
Debra Cano Ramos, Public Affairs, 657-278-4027, 657-278-2414