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Advocacy Day: For People Who Want to Take Action

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Join us for Advocacy Day on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Ellison Campus Center. Don't forget to us #SSUAdvocacyDay to share your excitement, thoughts, and to connect with fellow attendees. Register for Advocacy Day online now! 

Please note: This schedule is subject to change as it represents the March 4 date that has been rescheduled to April 11 due to a weather-related campus closure. 

Event Lineup


Spoken Word and Student Thoughts

Alex Cook, junior, Salem State University
Andrew Duperval, alumni, Salem State University ’18
Theresa Soldan, junior, Salem State University

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Cynthia Lynch, director, Center for Civic Engagement

Activist/Advocate Panel


Kim Barboza, president, The Florence Luscomb Women’s Center


Janet Domenitz, executive director, MASSPIRG, MA
Nancy Duggan, executive director, Decoding Dyslexia, MA
Ben Hellerstein, state director, Environment Massachusetts
Elizabeth Nash Wrenn, senior manager of educational programming, Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), Salem, MA
Alexandra Piñeros-Shields, PhD, executive director, Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), Lynn, MA

Breakout Sessions: Digging Deeper

Sexual Violence, MLK Room

Elizabeth Nash Wrenn, HAWC
Preyel Patal, chief of staff, Office of Representative Lori Ehrlich
Jessica Stevens, program coordinator, PEAR
Kassandra M. Fabian, junior, Salem State University

Immigration, Veterans Hall

Elsabel, Rincon, manager settlement programs, House of Seven Gables
Rick Jakious, district director, Office of Congressman Seth Moulton
Avi Chomsky, professor, history, Salem State University
Billy Scanlan, sophomore, Salem State University

Disability Rights, Presidential Conference Room

Nancy Duggan, Decoding Dyslexia
Joahnna Wakelin, chief of staff and general counsel, Office of Senator Joan Lovely 
Mark Sternman, legislative and policy director, Office of Senator Joan Lovely
Lisa Bibeau, assistant dean, Disability Services

Climate Change, Metro Room

Ben Hellerstein, Environment Massachusetts
Kate Machet, senior regional director, Office of Senator Markey
Stephen Young, professor, geography, Salem State University
Theresa Soldan, junior, Salem State University

Voting Rights, Veterans Hall

Janet Domenitz, MASSPIRG
Manny Cruz, legislative aid, Office of Representative Paul Tucker
Jennifer Jackman, political science, Salem State University
Kalen O’Hare, junior, Salem State University

Activist Tools for Change, ECC Lobby

Active Minds
Art + Design
Center for Civic Engagement
Counseling and Health Services
Florence Luscomb Women’s Center
MTA Fund our Future Campaign
ONE Salem State


Register for Advocacy Day online today!


This event is sponsored by the Active Minds, Alliance, Bates Center for Public and Global Affairs, Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Creative and Performing Arts, Disability Services, First Year Experience Office, Florence Luscomb Women’s Center, MASSPIRG, ONE, PEAR, Political Science Department, Political Science Academy, Pre-Law Society and SGA. 

Access and Accommodations

To request an accommodation for this event, please contact at 978.542.6217 or send them an email at


For more information about Advocacy Day please contact Kate Adams.

When 2:30pm
Ellison Campus Center, North Campus
1 Meier Drive, Salem, MA 01970
Veterans Hall
Center for Civic Engagement

For access and accommodation information, visit our page on access or email

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