Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Engagement: Organizing for Positive Change

Type: Panel
Theme: Public Engagement in Geography
Sponsor Groups: American Association of Geographers
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon B2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Derek Alderman
Chairs: Melanie Barron


This session is one of several organized for the purpose of providing grounded but critical discussion of public engagement and outreach opportunities, strategies, and challenges. Sessions build upon the experiences of panelists/facilitators and the sharing of perspectives from the audience to create a space where geographers can train each other, trade innovations and ideas, and negotiate practical and even political obstacles to public engagement in geography.

Colleges and universities are at the front lines in today’s labor movement as corporate interests and their political counterparts compete for control of institutions of higher education. Through social movement unionism, academic workers can organize to influence political and social change from the ground up. Are you interested in winning concrete improvements in people's lives and challenging oppression? In this participatory workshop with experienced labor organizers, hone key skills for building relationships, developing strategic campaigns, and engaging effectively as participants in grassroots movements.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Melanie Barron United Campus Workers-Communications Workers of America 20
Panelist Altha Cravey University Of North Carolina 20

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