Student Conference

About the Conference

The one-day conference seeks to create a dedicated space and platform for students who are committed to community service, civic engagement, and social justice and change. The theme:  Creating Space: Solidarity, Dialogue, Social Justice, Opportunity is designed to provide a framework where students examine their motivations for civic engagement, social justice, and service.

The event is open to all students.

Featuring Keynote from The Facing Project

About The Facing Project

The Facing Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. Founded in Muncie, Indiana, by J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman, the organization has connected writers, storytellers, artists, educators, and community leaders in over 75 communities across the country. Hailed by The Huffington Post, Harlem World Magazine, and Soul Train as one of three oral history projects to watch, The Facing Project provides a model, tools, coaching, and a platform for communities to arm themselves with stories to begin crucial conversations on social justice issues—neighbor to neighbor, community to community—by discussing solutions and exploring healing through their own narratives.

About The Speakers

Kelsey Timmerman

Kelsey has spent more than a decade traveling the world and helping people share their stories. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of  Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes and Where Am I Eating? A Journey Through the  Global Food Economy. THE GLOBAL FOOD ECONOMY. His work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Condé Nast Portfolio, TIME Magazine and has aired on NPR.

J.R. Jamison

J.R. has spent more than a decade connecting higher education and nonprofits through meaningful community engagement partnerships. His work has been adopted by more than 40 campuses and communities across the globe, and he has written and won over $5 million of grants to support communities in their engagement efforts. His work has appeared in national journals, books, The Huffington Post, Harlem World Magazine, and on NPR.

Suggested Accommodations

There is not a specified hotel for this conference, but we have collected a list of hotels in the are for attendees seeking accommodations. 

Best Western Plus North Haven
201 Washington Ave
North Haven, CT 06473
Estimated Price Per Night: $103

Clarion Hotel & Suites Hamden
2260 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
Estimated Price Per Night: $95

Courtyard New Haven Wallingford 
600 Northrop Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
Estimated Price Per Night: $87

Fairfield Inn New Haven-Wallingford
100 Miles Drive
Wallingford, CT 06492
Estimated Price Per Night: $94

Homewood Suites Wallingford-Meriden 
90 Miles Drive
Wallingford, CT 06492
Estimated Price Per Night: $113