University Convocation

2017 Spring Semester      

Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cone Chapel, Waller Hall (unless otherwise noted)

The University Convocation series is organized by the students of IDS 202 ("Convo: Campus/Community/Cosmos"). The Salem Community is welcome to attend these programs at no charge.

January 26, 2017

Surviving aKKKademia
Willamette students who attended last fall's Oregon Students of Color Conference (entitled "Surviving aKKKademia") will present what the learned in a panel format, then lead small group discussions.

February 2, 2017

DACA Allyship and Sanctuary Campuses

Convocation: Supporting DACA in this new landscape: Resources for DACA students and aspiring allies.  What is in place at Willamette to support undocumented and DACA members of our community and their families? 

Prof. Susan Dussault from the College of Law will talk about the work of the Human Rights and Immigration Clinic, provide information about the rights of non US citizens and offer practical steps they can take to protect themselves.

February 9, 2017

Professors Profess

Meet professors and hear their stories of how they came to teach at Willamette.


Professor Shatha Almutawa, Religious Studies 

Professor Chris Harris, Theatre

Professor Vincent Pham, CCM

Professor Meredyth Goldberg Edelson, Psychology 

February 16, 2017

Safety, Support and Well-being of WU's DACA and Undocumented Students

What safeguards are currently in place for members of the WU community who are DACA or undocumented?What more needs to be in place to ensure an inclusive campus?

Come for a community conversation.


Yvonne Tamayo, Willamette's General Counsel  

Karen Wood, University Chaplain

February 23, 2017

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066
On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, a document that authorized the Secretary of War to order the mandatory evacuation of "all persons of Japanese ancestry" from western regions of the United States and their subsequent resettlement in "internment camps."
Join faculty and students for a conversation about the experiences of those subject to this order, whose number included Willamette University students compelled to leave the campus, and to reflect on the legacies and lessons of internment for us today.
Professor Cecily McCaffrey, History
Professor Ellen Eisenberg, History
Professor Catherine Collins, Rhetoric

March 2, 2017

Our Week at Standing Rock

A group from Willamette University arrived at Oceti Sakowin camp on the night of November 20, 2016. The night became a defining moment in understanding the significance of the #NoDAPL movement.  Oceti Sakowin camp served as the main camp site on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, where active protest was occurring against the Dakota Pipelines. 

Liz Bahe, Montreal Gray Alexus Uentille and Sadarah Witherspoon will share their experiences protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline at Oceti Sakowin camp on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

March 9, 2017

How To Ace Your Interview
Aimee Akimoff, AGSM
Beth Ursin, AGSM
Prof. Jason Duncan, Biology

March 16, 2017

How Green is this Budding Industry?

Excessive energy consumption, frequent use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, contaminated product recalls, and corrupt lab testing... These are just a few of the problems that producers and consumers of recreational Cannabis in Oregon face.  This hour long event will examine in greater depth some of these current issues of environmental "unsustainability" that Oregon's rapidly expanding Cannabis industry is experiencing. 


Anders Mintz, '17

March 23, 2017

Imposter's Syndrome


Professor Emma Coddington, Biology

March 30, 2017

No Convocation- Spring Break

April 6, 2017

Self Defense Class

April 13, 2017

Raising Awareness: Uncovering Invisible Disabilities
Professor Allison Hobgood, English
Students from Advocates for Disability Awareness and Accessibility (ADAA)
A representative from Accessible Education Services 

April 20, 2017

Healthy Relationships


Student representatives from Sexual Assault Response Allies (SARA)

April 27, 2017

Administrators Admit!


Bryan Schmidt

Carli Rohner

Reyna Meyers

Jordis Miller

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