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Student Activism in the 21st Century

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October 3, 2017 - 4:30pm
Encina Hall, 616 Serra St. CISAC Central Conference Room (2nd Floor)
Speaker(s): 
Mark Hanis

In the 21st Century, students have been leading social justice campaigns,from “Save Darfur” to “Kony 2012.” Mark Hanis, Handa Center Research Fellow, will discuss lessons learned and what can be done in future campaigns.

Mark Hanis is a Research Fellow with the Handa Center. He is founding member of Action Map, a centralized citizen-centric platform for easy and effective action across multiple issues. He most recently helped found the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. Previously, he co-founded the Organ Alliance (now Organize) to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs. Before that, Hanis was the co-founder and President of United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition), an organization created with the mission to empower citizens and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Hanis also served as a White House Fellow, working in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden as the National Security Affairs Special Advisor for South America, Africa, and Human Rights. He has been awarded several fellowships for social entrepreneurship, including Ashoka, Echoing Green, Draper Richards Kaplan, and Hunt Alternatives Prime Movers. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Hanis graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. He is the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors and was raised in Quito, Ecuador. Mark and his colleagues have been covered by national media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The New Republic, CNN Headline News, MSNBC and NPR.