Convocation 2017: A Call to Action, What is Your Cause?

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September 5, 2017

Wheelock's 2017 Convocation Ceremony is "A Call to Action, What Is Your Cause?" The Convocation Ceremony serves as the centerpiece of a daylong series of events focused on the social justice issues raised by the College's community read, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

This year's Convocation guest speakers are Eroc Arroyo-Montano and Rahsaan Hall, who came together to create From the Inside Out: Reflections After Incarceration,  a joint production that explores many of the obstacles faced by our friends and neighbors after they have been incarcerated and are continuing their life on the outside.

Ernesto "Eroc" Arroyo-Montano is an educator, artist, facilitator, organizer, youth worker, community activist and a proud father of three. Known for his leadership in a range of initiatives from youth program development and intersectional movements building, he has shown his dedication to racial, gender, economic and environmental justice.

Rahsaan Hall is the Director of the Racial Justice Program for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. In this role Rahsaan helps develop the ACLU of Massachusetts' integrated advocacy approach to address racial justice issues.

Convocation 2017 Schedule

9:00-10:45 a.m. - Welcome
First Year students and the Wheelock Community will be introduced to Living Literature, a collective of Rhode Island based artists and educators who teach literature through a unique and imaginative process.

11:30-1:00 p.m. - Senior Lunch
Seniors will have lunch with Eroc Arroyo-Montano, an educator, artist, facilitator, organizer, and community activist who will focus the discussion on art and communication in community activism and advancing a cause

4:00-5:00 p.m. - Convocation Ceremony
Keynote speaker Rahsaan Hall, Director of the Racial Justice Program for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, will expand upon the call to action issued by Commencement Speaker Elizabeth Warren to pick a cause and ACT!

5:00-6:00 p.m.- Campus BBQ on the green

7:00 p.m. - Traditional Candle Lighting on the green

What is Convocation?

Wheelock College formally opens its doors each academic year with a Convocation Ceremony. Convocation is Latin for "coming together," and this important Wheelock tradition is part of a day of learning for the campus, with special activities planned for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the larger community.

All incoming students read a specially chosen Community Read book prior to arriving on campus. They then discuss the book in small faculty- and staff-led discussion groups prior to the Convocation Ceremony. At Convocation, we address key themes raised by the Community Read book. Conversations about the book's theme continue throughout students' first-year courses.

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