take action conference January 22, & 23, 2022

about the conference

At the Take Action Conference, you will meet other students, like you, who desire to create change in your community. Over a two-day period, you will be inspired by keynote speakers and facilitators who have started movements, peaceful activations, and are experts in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

You will receive tangible tools you can use to take action effectively and consciously in your community. We are proud to partner with Universal Orlando Resort who will share their secrets to storytelling success.

We invite you to attend this conference with an open mind and desire for change and we commit you will leave equipped to immediately take action.

featured speakers

Natalie Warne

Natalie Warne is a Human Rights Activist, Youth Engagement Strategist, Advocacy Educator, Creative Director, and TED Speaker. Her career as an activist began at the age of 18 when she led award-winning international human rights awareness campaigns that mobilized over 150,000 people globally and resulted in two pieces of legislation being passed through Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Her advocacy initiatives have been featured on CNN, NPR, the LA Times, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Since then, Natalie has been sought out by The Obama Foundation, U.S. State Department,  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Apple, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Stanford University, Salesforce, and hundreds of additional organizations, corporations, and educational institutions to travel the world to empower, educate, and equip movement builders with the tools needed to build momentum towards lasting change around the most pressing issues facing their communities.

prashan de visser

In 2009, Prashan De Visser founded Sri Lanka Unites, the largest youth movement for reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

As Sri Lanka Unites continued to grow, the movement found kindred spirits across the globe with youth from other nations who had experienced similar legacies and histories. In these relationships, they found comfort, inspiration, new ideas, boldness, and a new validation of greater dreams for their countries. This lead to the formation of Global Unites an international youth movement for transforming conflict. Today, Global Unites is engaged in 10 countries across the world with their latest chapter being formed in the United States.

Prashan has been featured on NBC, BBC and Al Jazeera for his innovative peace-building approach. He is a justice of the peace in Sri Lanka and the former host of “Good Morning Sri Lanka” and many other television shows. Prashan lives in Sri Lanka with his wife, Shruthi, and their 1-year-old son, Aviv.

Joe Davis

Joe Davis is a nationally-touring artist, educator, and speaker based in Minneapolis, MN. 

His work employs poetry, music, theater, and dance to shape culture. He is the Founder and Director of multimedia production company, The New Renaissance, the front man of emerging soul funk band, The Poetic Diaspora, and qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. 

Joe has keynoted, facilitated conversation, and served as teaching artist at hundreds of high schools and universities including New York, Boston, and most recently as the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary where he earned a Master’s in Theology of the Arts.

Eva Schloss

Eva Schloss was born in Vienna, Austria in 1929,  and is a very young 91 years of age. She is the stepsister and playmate of World War II Diarist Anne Frank.

Since 1985, Eva has devoted herself to holocaust education and global peace. She has recounted her wartime experiences in more than one thousand speaking engagements. She has written two books and has had a play written about her life. In 1999 she signed the Anne Frank Peace Declaration along with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and the niece of Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued thousands of Jews in Budapest.

Eva Schloss published her first book named “Eva’s Story” in 1988 as a memoir of her Holocaust experience and her stepsister. She is a Trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, U.K and received an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England. She was awarded an MBE, a top British honor, in 2012.

facilitated sessions

The conference will feature a number of facilitated sessions providing you with hands on tools. Some of the topics include:

  • Self care for activists
  • Media relations training
  • Making films and videos with a purpose
  • Creating positive change through political service
  • Spoken word as a vehicle for social justice
  • How to organize a rally
  • Coalition Building 101
  • And more!

A LETTER FROM OUR STUDENT CHAIR

Emily Curran

Rollins College ’22

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Welcome! My name is Emily Curran, and I am student at Rollins College and a proud member of the Take Action Institute team.

I believe that the power of social action emerges when we are in community with one another, when we adopt radical empathy, and when we, the young people, are guiding the work. I am passionate about advancing universal care. To me, this involves increasing access to childcare and eldercare, reversing climate change, and ensuring that everyone has healthcare. My work in this field has largely been through an academic lens. As I finish out my education as a college student, I hope to transition my passions into action. To do so, I need resources, support, and community connections.

Once I began talking with others about the gaps I face in my social justice work, I realized that many other people my age face similar barriers. We are passionate, inspired, and motivated, but could benefit from greater access to resources. The Take Action Institute, a resource center that serves as a collaborative space for students, activists, community partners and educators to share knowledge, emerged from these conversations.

Over the past several months, I have been working alongside high school and college activists to identify the resources we would like to have as we work towards creating a just and caring world. The Take Action Institute Conference will make these resources available, serve as a space for community building, and give us the platform to take action against all forms of prejudice and bigotry.

I am deeply passionate about this work and the power of our collective activism. Your input, enthusiasm, and vision for justice is needed at the conference. So, I ask with excitement and gratitude, if you will join me in January for a weekend that will work to fill the gaps in our activism tool kit, connect us with powerful students from around the state, and provide spaces for growth. I can’t wait to meet you.

CONFERENCE FEE INFORMATION

The fee to attend the conference is $199/student.  This includes:

  • Full day of speakers and facilitated sessions at the Hilton on January 22nd
  • Half day with leaders facilitating sessions at Universal Studios on January 23rd
  • A pass to enjoy the park along with a meal card (please contact us with dietary restriction questions) 
  • A one year membership in the Take Action Institute. Click here for more information on benefits.

Our team at the Take Action Institute is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible conference that enables all students to attend. Our goal is to bring in a broad and diverse coalition of high school and college students to our movement and we recognize that a conference fee may pose a barrier to some of you. 

We need your input, expertise and willingness to take action at our conference and we will do everything in our power to meet your financial needs.  We have a number of generous sponsors who are committed to providing financial assistance.


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