Social Justice Teach-In: Peacemaking Through Art and Storytelling

The Social Justice Teach-In is designed to inspire students and community members to be active and engaged citizens, to increase their understanding of social justice issues, and to enhance their leadership skills in areas such as service, advocacy, and philanthropy. The conference is a collaboration between CWRU's Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL), CCEL Student Executive Council, Social Justice Institute, Lambda Eta Mu, and InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF). The event will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020 and will feature a keynote address and 40+ workshop options.

Schedule (February 8, 2020)

  • 10:30 a.m. Check-in and brunch open at Tinkham Veale University Center
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Welcome remarks and keynote
  • 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. Workshop Session 1
  • 1:40 to 2:35 p.m. Workshop Session 2
  • 2:50 to 3:30 p.m. Jolt for Justice: Performance, Debrief, and Next Steps


The Teach-In will begin and end with an inspiring keynote and performances by Olmeca, a bilingual Latinx hip-hop artist, producer, activist, and scholar who intersects various identities and demographics. The son of immigrants who grew up in the barrios of L.A., Olmeca is one of the few artists who broke ground as an artist and advocate for human rights. His unique writing talent in both English and Spanish has gained the attention of hip-hop and alt-Latinx music audiences. His lyrics are written to encourage critical thinking, transformative education, cultural/political empowerment, and social justice. Olmeca is a graduate of California State University-L.A. in Latin American Studies and Philosophy. 


Admission to the Teach-In for students is free; admission for all others is a $10 suggested donation in advance or $15 at the door.

  • CWRU faculty and staff, non-CWRU students, and community members: Register here
  • CWRU students: Register here by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 3

Location and Parking

The Social Justice Teach-In will kick off in the Tinkham Veale University Center located at 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Check-in will be in the first floor atrium (by the food court), and brunch and the keynote will be located in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom on the second floor. Street parking is available around the building. There is a fee-based parking garage located off of East Boulevard (Lot 29). View a map of CWRU's parking garages and lots.

An Important Note about CWRU Values

Case Western Reserve University's core values include inclusiveness and diversity. The Social Justice Teach-In aligns with these values by allowing for the critical examination of different ideas and perspectives and providing opportunities for dialogue and discussion. We ask that all participants and presenters at the Teach-In be willing to actively listen, consider viewpoints that may be different from their own, and engage with civility and respect in order to create a constructive learning environment for all.

Case Western Reserve University is committed to academic freedom and promoting diversity of thought. The views of those who speak on our campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community. The use of Case Western Reserve University’s facilities for this event does not constitute an endorsement by the University of a particular political issue, candidate, political campaign, or election.