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Millennials and the 2016 Elections
Hosted by Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.

October 26, 2016 • 5 PM
Pacific Ballrooms, UCI Student Center.

About the Program

Unemployment, immigration, domestic and international terrorism, police reform, climate change, abortion, student loans. What will millennials gain in the 2016 Election? Michael Eric Dyson and a panel of activists, journalists, scholars and artists provide a lively interactive forum that will challenge the audience to explore strategic civic engagement efforts.

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PANELISTS: Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. A renowned scholar, ordained Baptist minister and public intellectual, his scholarship and cultural criticism focus on race, religion, popular culture, and contemporary issues in the African American community.

Moderator: Jasiri X

Jasiri XJasiri X is a hip-hop artist, activist and new millennium leader leveraging the transformative power of hiphop, social media and technology into a new brand of social change. A founding member of the antiviolence community organization, 1Hood, Jasiri has worked in underserved communities as a mentor, educator and community leader.

Lucy Flores (updated panelist)

Alida GarciaLucy Flores grew up in North Las Vegas and is the daughter of immigrants. When she was 9, her mother left leaving Lucy to care for her siblings. Through hard work and the investment of people who believed in her, she obtained her GED, enrolled in community college and graduated from USC. She worked her way through law school at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. In her last year she successfully ran for Nevada State Senator to represent her community, becoming the first Latina elected to the Nevada legislature.

Ashley Yates

Ashley YatesAshley Yates is an activist, poet and artist who hails from Florissant, Missouri. A prominent organizer of the Black Lives Matter Movement, she is a co-founder of Millennial Activists United, a group of primarily young Black women activists, who spontaneously emerged in the days following the police killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Malik Yusef

Malik YusefMalik Yusef is a five-time Grammy winning artist, poet, songwriter and producer. He has translated talent, music industry savvy and life experiences growing up in Chicago into an incredible music career. As an activist, Malik has founded various Chicago-area organizations including For Yourself Foundation and Girl Power.