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SJSU Winter Leadership Institute

$4,900
98%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
30 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 09, at 11:59 PM PST
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SJSU Winter Leadership Institute

Who are we?

Social Movement, Leadership Institute, and Freedom Ride:

The Winter Leadership Institute is part of SJSU’s involvement in a national project called The Ride Revived. The Ride Revived is a student-led national campaign that utilizes educational summits and grassroots organizing to bring about collective action on health, education, voting rights reform, and criminal justice reform.

We seek to educate student leaders, activate local youth voting blocs, and offer people who are less informed about the need to reform by examining: legal rights, voter suppression, theories of oppression, and history of racism in America through the Black American lens. Our goals are to: organize with other colleges and universities that share our passion for racial justice, mobilize as a collective on a revived Freedom Ride to Washington D.C, and challenge government officials per discussion reform in areas of education, healthcare, voting rights and criminal justice. The Winter Leadership Institute at SJSU will provide this opportunity for students and student leaders at SJSU.  It is modeled on the Dillard Summer Leadership Institute held in at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA in August, 2021. 


Some participants of the Dillard Summer Leadership Institute August 2021, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Photo creditSabree Hill/ Dillard University Photographer

The Ride Revived Project develops strategies, actions, and solutions that address the current climate of injustice. The goal is to establish an action plan to engage student leaders and community members across the country in a movement that culminates in Washington D.C. to demand justice now.

We will educate and engage people of all ages from different backgrounds based on the teachings of the Freedom Riders, SNCC, Core, Urban League, and other Civil Rights leaders. This project seeks to provide youth with resources to educate and mobilize peers while networking with policymakers. We will collaborate with our team to create a list of demands based on the lived experiences and voices of disadvantaged communities. Finally, we are going to enact change through advocating for policy to protect our voting rights and eradicate racial injustices.

This project has five phases: a Leadership Institute at Dillard University, Community Mobilization, including leadership institutes like the SJSU Winter Institute, the Freedom Ride, a Rally in Washington D.C., and Direct Action at Home.


Kaylan Tanner (center, National Ride Revived co-chair) and participants of the Dillard Summer Leadership Institute August 2021, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Photo creditSabree Hill/ Dillard University Photographer

Why are we raising the money?

To fund our three-day Winter Leadership Institute; mobilize and rally SJSU students to D.C. to advocate for racial justice and equity in front of congressional leaders.

The first major component is educational. This winter, SJSU students and advisors are organizing a three-day Winter Leadership Institute at San Jose State University. We are designing a curriculum discussing several topics (stated above) that would be promoted at other universities and campuses in the U.S.

The second component is a Freedom Ride in June 2022, stopping in many of the same locations as the 1961 Freedom Riders, The Ride Revived is planned to end in Washington, DC where a collective voice of youth activists will demand change, meeting with political leaders.


 Mr. Joe Givens, National Ride Revived Advisor and Executive Director of the Isaiah Institute, New Orleans, LA with participants of the Dillard Summer Leadership Institute August 2021, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Photo creditSabree Hill/ Dillard University Photographer

How can you help?

Since we are a grassroots student-led movement, the SJSU Winter Leadership Institute is going to need all the financial support we can get. The biggest way YOU can help us enact change is by donating here today. Every dollar counts and we are extremely grateful for any support you can give. Also, if you know anyone who would be interested in supporting the SJSU Winter Leadership Institute or our participation in The Ride Revived, please share this link and encourage them to also donate! We rely on the generosity and support of our community. 

Help support the SJSU Winter Leadership Institute and SJSU participation in The Ride Revived. Activate civic youth and make for a better tomorrow! Donate today!

What we need help funding for:

  • Educational materials
  • Marketing materials (swag, flyers, etc)
  • Meals for participants and speakers (lunch and breakfast for all days of the institute)
  • Room and board for out-of-town speakers, including national leaders of the of the Ride Revived Project who will help us with the Institute
  • Lodging for student participants who need it (since the institute will be held before spring classes begin)


The promotion of our Winter Leadership Institute and overall movement would greatly aid in getting the word out about our project and would increase the number of students rallying to D.C. in June.

Also, if you are interested in learning more about the movement and would like your campus to get involved, feel free to reach out to our leadership team to get more information on how your school can have its very own leadership institute.


Student participants at the Dillard Summer Leadership Institute August 2021, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Photo creditSabree Hill/ Dillard University Photographer

 


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$25

Friend

A donation at this level could cover event meals, snacks, and beverages for one student for one day.

$50

Supporter

A donation at this level could cover event meals for one student for two days.

$100

Advocate

A donation at this level could cover event meals, event program, curriculum materials, and t-shirt for one student.

$250

Believer

A donation at this level could cover housing costs for one out-of-town student during the event.

$500

Activist

A donation at this level could cover housing costs for two to three students during the event.

$750

Agent of Change

A donation at this level could cover housing, all meals, event program, curriculum materials, and t-shirts for three out-of-town students during the event.

$1,000

Benefactor

A donation at this level could cover event meals, event program, curriculum materials, and t-shirts for ten students!

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