The YMCA of the University of Illinois is pleased to partner with the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations’ Diversity and Social Justice Education unit (DiversityEd) and the Student Sustainability Committee to host a talk series that explores the intersections of the environment and social justice called “Building A Better Environmental Movement.”
The University YMCA’s Fall 2017 Friday Forum series on environmental issues and solutions, ranging from climate change and policy to active transportation and agriculture, seeks to elevate sustainability issues on campus and in our communities and deepen our understanding of environmental justice.
The series will kick off next Friday, September 8 at 12 Noon at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign with Thomas Tonatiuh Dominguez-Lopez of International Indigenous Youth Council on “Standing Rock and the Power of Indigenous Youth Voices.” Born and raised in Denver, Colorado; Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez identifies as Chicano paying homage to his Mexican, Diné, Apache and Hunka-Lakota roots. He spent months working with the International Indigenous Youth Council on the ground at Standing Rock to defeat the Dakota Access Pipeline. He is continuing his activist work; being a voice for those who have been silenced. Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez is a college graduate from Metro State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Technical Communications and a minor in Native American Studies.
Save the Date! The Fall 2017 Friday Forum lecture series will spill over into the Spring 2018 semester with a special pop-up talk on April 13, 2018 at 12pm with Bill McKibben, author, activist and founder of 350.org at the University YMCA. To learn more and to view the Fall 2017 series schedule, please visit: universityymca.org/friday-forum
Additional Fall 2017 Friday Forum Lecture Series support provided by: Channing Murray Foundation, Chapel of Saint John the Divine Episcopal Church, Faith in Place, First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, LGBT Resource Center, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois, Wesley United Methodist Church, U of I School of Social Work. Pending Funding BY THE STUDENT CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FEE
About Friday Forum: This year, the University YMCA is celebrating it’s 90th year of continuously running the Friday Forum Lecture Series Program, adapting to the times while remaining committed to providing talks that address topics of relevance and urgency. Friday Forum is a weekly lecture series held during the fall and spring semesters that strives to raise awareness about local, regional, national and international trends and events.
All Friday Forums unless otherwise noted are at 12 Noon in Latzer Hall of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign. All Friday Forums are free and open to the public.
Additional Information: The views expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect the views of the University YMCA, co-sponsors, or the Friday Forum committee. A sign language interpreter is available with a 72 hours notice (contact Carol Nunn at 217-337-1500). All forums are radio broadcast at 6:00 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 the Monday following the lecture. You may also find archived Friday Forum lectures on the Y’s YouTube channel.