Advocates Coming Together (ACT)
What is ACT?
We're glad you asked!
Advocates Coming Together, better known as ACT, is comprised of students who live in the UA residence halls, and are passionate about working for social justice and making change! Run by 3 dedicated student co-directors, ACT’s mission statement is to: educate students on issues of equity and equality, to have pride in the University of Arizona’s diversity, and to take action to make UA a more inclusive place. Whether social justice and diversity are fierce passions for you, or you’re new to the work, join ACT and find a committed group of students making a difference!
Fall 2013, Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30pm - Begins September 17, 2013
El Portal, Saguaro Room (next to Highland Market)
Hannah Lozon, Coordinator of Social Justice Education, (520) 626-4855, email@example.com
Here’s what students are saying about ACT…
- “ACT showed me that it's okay to stand up for what you believe in, even if you're the only one standing. I also gained a ton of confidence and leadership experience!”
- “ACT has made me more confident and has given me tools and skills in my own fight for social justice. ACT has become a family and a support system, and has given me so much emotionally.”
- “It has completely changed me as a person. It has given me a new purpose in life, and I now have a direction I want to head after I graduate...”
How to become an ACT member:
Each residence hall will be able to elect 1 Director of Social Justice to their Hall Council. Arbol de la Vida, Arizona/Sonora, Coronado, Hopi/Graham/Greenlee, & La Paz halls can elect 2 Directors of Social Justice.
Once elected, all Directors of Social Justice will make up the membership of ACT, and must fulfill requirements outlined below.
The requirements of all ACT members include:
- Attend weekly ACT meetings
- Give detailed reports of the ACT meetings to your Hall Council - be the social justice voice for your hall!
- Help plan and participate in annual ACT programs - Hunger Banquet, Raise Your Voice Photo Shoot, & Stomp It Out Series. Bring residents from your hall to these programs.
- Put on programs for your hall to educate residents about social justice. ACT members are required to put on 1 program in Fall semester, and 2 programs for Spring semester. Input programs into Residence Life's Program Manager within 7 days of the program.
- Participate in at least 2 “Stretch Yourself” educational opportunities each semester
- One must be a UA heritage/cultural event – Native American Heritage Month, Transgender Awareness Week, etc.
- The other can be any activity that increases your awareness around social justice issues or the topics of diversity, power, privilege, and oppression (e.g. read an article, watch a movie)
- ACT members are required to keep track of their Stretch Yourself events by filling out the following form: Stretch Yourself Tracker
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead