Symposium Schedule

Breaking the Silence LGBTQ Symposium Schedule

University of Mississippi

Oxford, MS

This is only a draft of the schedule. It is subject to change.

Friday, April 19

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM          Workshop with Paulina Helm-Hernandez from Southerners on New Ground (SONG), “Building Political Unity Across Movements,” Bishop 209

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM           Breaking the Silence Rally, West Portico of the Lyceum

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM           Welcoming dinner for all attendees, 3rd Floor Commons, Center for Manufacturing Excellence

7:00 PM                                Keynote Address by Paulina Helm-Hernandez from Southerners on New Ground (SONG), “On Dawns To Come: LGBTQ Southern Organizing for Cultural Change & Liberation,” Overby Auditorium

*see below for Paulina Helm-Hernandez’s bio*

Saturday, April 20

Location: Bryant Hall, UM campus

8:00 AM                              REGISTRATION

8:30 – 9:00 AM               OPENING SESSION

  • Introductory activity

9:00 – 10:15 AM             SESSION 1

  • Taking A Stance for Justice: Mississippi Student Justice Alliance
  • Fundraising

10:30 – 11:45 AM          SESSION 2

  • Trans 101: Introduction to trans issues
  • Trans 102: Creating trans-inclusive campuses

12:00 – 1:15 PM              NETWORKING LUNCH

1:30 – 2:45 PM               SESSION 3

  • The intersections of race and LGBTQ issues
  • LGBTQ Health – My Brother’s Keeper

3:00 – 4:15 PM               SESSION 4

  • Skill-sharing session for GSAs
  • Split into working groups around campus programming, Speak Out panels, building stronger collaborations, building visibility. Networking time.

4:30 – 5:30 PM               CLOSING SESSION

  • Closing: What did we miss? Still have questions? Planning for a network?
  • Evaluations

Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Co-Director of Southerners on New Ground

Paulina Helm-Hernandez

Paulina Helm-Hernandez is a queer femme cha-cha girl, artist, trainer, political organizer & trouble-maker-at-large from Veracrúz, Mexico. This Chicana grew up in rural North Carolina, and is currently growing roots in Atlanta, GA. She has been the Co-Director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) for 7 years, having joined the staff after coordinating the Southern regional youth activism program at the Highlander Research & Education Center for over 4 years. Paulina has a background in farm worker and immigrant / refugee rights organizing, cultural work, youth organizing, anti-violence work, and liberation work that centers people most affected by violence, poverty, war and racism. Paulina is also a founding member of the national First Nations / Two Spirit Collective, an queer & trans indigenous movement-building cadre, and has served on the boards of YouthAction, Student Action with FarmworkersThe Third Wave Foundation and the DataCenter.  She currently sits on the  Vision and Strategies Council of Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective.


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