Connections, Pride, and Spirit Day (CPS Day)

CPS Day is an annual celebration of community learning, unity, and progress towards equity and social justice. This highly anticipated day offers an opportunity for participants to delve deeply into a specific topic—this year’s theme was Income Inequality and Economic Justice.
The primary objective of CPS Day is to broaden our students' comprehension of the historical and contemporary systemic obstacles that perpetuate economic disparities. Moreover, we seek to inspire our participants by sharing examples of successful community-based initiatives, advocacy, and policies that have pushed back  against economic oppression.

CPS Day is structured to incorporate a wide variety of learning opportunities, including thought-provoking speeches, interactive workshops, and engaging hands-on activities. The diverse lineup of presenters includes students, faculty, staff, parents, and community leaders who bring a unique perspective to the day's conversations.

This year Nwamaka Agbo, a renowned speaker and advocate for economic accessibility and equity, was our keynote presenter. Following her address, attendees participated in a series of workshops on-campus and in the local Oakland/Berkeley community. 

We are grateful for the tireless dedication of our Student Equity Practitioners (StEP team), whose hard work and planning made this year's CPS Day possible!

On-campus workshop topics included:
  • Art & Social Justice with Jos Sances: Portraits for Project Rebound
  • BSU Presents Activist Nell Myhand from the Poor People's Campaign
  • A World of Stories Faculty Panel: Sharing Our Stories of Immigration, Family, and Community
  • Balancing Acts: From Concept to Reality with Affordable Housing
  • Brain Drain and South Asian Diaspora
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Careers for Gender Equity and Social Inclusion: Q & A with David Sasaki and Dr. Joy Cooper
  • The Criminalization of Poverty
  • Demystifying Admission & Financial Aid
  • Economic Inequality in Health Care
  • Economic Justice: Anti-Poverty Movements and Organizing
  • Giving People Free Money: An Examination of Universal Basic Income
  • Girls’ Education and Economic Mobility: A Case Study of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan
  • The Henry Street Settlement: 130 Years of Serving Low Income New Yorkers
  • Inequality in Education
  • Intersection of Poverty and Education in the Philippines
  • The Lavender Scare: Queer Workforce Discrimination During the Cold War
  • Matanot L'evyonim with JSU
  • Microfinance with Casey Wilson ’02
  • Oakland's Universal Basic Income Pilot Explained
  • The Polarizing Effects of Graffiti on Lower Income Communities
  • Poverty and Ability: The Intersection, History, and Future
  • The Price of Freedom: Human Trafficking in the Bay Area Through the Lense of Economic Inequality
  • Progress and Exclusion: Labor Law's Link to Racial and Economic Justice
  • Reagan's Policy and Income Inequality
  • Representing People on Death Row
  • Third New Deal: 1930s and Modern Day Policies Compared
  • Unadopted: The Foster Care System and Finding a Forever Family
  • Universal Basic Income: A Conversation
  • We All Live on Dollar Street: Global Data on Income that Will Blow Your Mind

Local Oakland/Berkeley workshops included:
  • Deliver donations to Oakland Town Fridge
  • Exploring Chinatown: A History of Community and Resistance
  • Volunteering at urban farm, Planting Justice 
  • Resiliencia Frente a la Injusticia Económica
  • Rooted in Oakland: Exploring Economic Justice Through Urban Farming at Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project
Volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul with whom College Prep’s club, Shelter, is a partner

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