February 9th, 2019
Bingham Humanities Building
Registration starts at 8:15 AM
Join ELSB for its 3rd, annual Activate U conference. 2019 is going to be the year where we “Find our Fit” and make a difference in something much greater than ourselves. Get inspired by changemakers in every movement, have constructive conversations on making an impact, and learn about how your strengths can serve the community around you.
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Public Safety Panel Speaker:
John-Robert Curtin, PhD is a Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the 4Civility Institute, Louisville, Kentucky and 4Civility Institute, Dublin Ireland. He is also a faculty member at the University of Louisville and at Indiana University and teaches graduate and undergraduates courses in mediation, restorative justice, and alternative dispute resolution. He is the author of An Exploratory Study of Existing State Anti-Bullying Statutes, (2016), Lambert Academic Press and a contributing author to a two-volume set, “Workplace Bullying and Mobbing” ABC-CLIO, Inc., Santa Barbara, California, January 2018. 4Civility Institute provides mediation training, ombuds training, certifications, software reporting systems, restorative justice, and behavioral transition practice solutions to schools, businesses and organizations. He has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, restorative justice, education, training, and in anti-bullying efforts. He also the founder of the Connected Learning Network, an education-based company, which has provided online services to over 120 schools, colleges, businesses and organizations worldwide. In that capacity, he has been a sub-contractor to 8 European Commission funded projects and numerous U.S. Funded projects. John- Robert is also known for his work in public television, as an Emmy award winning- producer and station president. He has over 200 local, national and international programs to his credit. His PhD is from University of Louisville in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He academic background also includes degrees in creative writing and oceanography. He describes himself as a “serial social entrepreneur with and over-commitment addiction”.
Joshua is a nationally recognized city planner and community organizer. He began his career organizing around housing, labor, and economic justice issues. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Berea College and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Louisville. In 2017 he authored and published the interactive storymap, Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Housing in Louisville, KY, which received recognition from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in its effort to recognize best-in-class data visualizations. He is a pioneer in documenting and exposing how city planning was weaponized as a tool to deny Black people land ownership and access to the accumulation of generational wealth. His work on the history of city planning, inclusive design and equitable development makes him a featured speaker nationally. He is currently working on developing equitable development strategies, organizing around anti-gentrification efforts, creating equity metrics for program and project evaluations, and addressing root systems of power to create sustainable social change.
Janet Dake is a junior at UofL, double majoring in Political Science and Art with a minor in Spanish. Like her areas of study imply, Janet has a wide variety of interests and passions (women's rights, immigrant/refugee rights, equal access to education, civic engagement, the Fine Arts, learning Spanish, and the list goes on). Last fall she co-founded the student organization UNA Women at UofL. As an affiliate of the United Nations, they work to promote gender equality. In 2018 she won the Carolyn Krause Maddox prize for her paper titled, "Driver Roll Down the Partition Please: How Beyonce's Feminist Image is Challenging Gender Barriers." As a dedicated member of the Bee Hive since age 12, this was very exciting. In 2016 she interned at the Kentucky Refugee Ministries, an eye-opening experience that sparked her passion for immigrant/refugee rights. Janet currently interns at the Backside Learning Center teaching English and working with kids. This experience has reinforced her love for education and non-profit work. Janet is a visual artist with a primary focus in painting. She attended the KY Governor's School for the Arts and is currently pursuing a B.A in Art. Attributing much of her everyday creative-thinking to this life-long habit, she considers painting to be a creative outlet and a mode to express deeper message.
Taylor Amerman is the current Global Alcohol Responsibility Manager for Brown-Forman Corporation, the second largest American-owned supplier in the spirits and wine industry. Taylor has been with Brown-Forman since 2013 and leads the strategic work to actively create a responsible drinking culture both inside and outside of the company. This includes implementing evidence-based strategies to prevent drunk driving, prevent underage access and consumption, support addiction recovery, support bystander intervention, make moderation aspirational, and respect the choice not to drink. She has also led the SPIRIT Employee Resource Group that strives to create a culture where employees and guests feel welcome, regardless of their choice whether or not to drink. Taylor started the Elephant in the Room series to create a safe environment where employees could discuss difficult topics like addiction recovery. Taylor earned a Master of Science degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Nottingham in England, where she attended on a full academic scholarship. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteers of America Mid-States and the Louisville Metro Parks Advisory Commission. Taylor has been a big sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters for over 10 years and is a current volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Taylor was named one of Louisville’s 40 Under 40 in 2017 and the 2016 Outstanding Young Professional of the Year through the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL). She
Sarah Nuñez is a 1.5 generation immigrant born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in North Carolina. She’s a cultural worker and healer, weaving storytelling, art, practice, and movement building throughout her work, research, organizing and activism. She has lived in Louisville for 4 years and works at the University of Louisville as Assistant Director of Cultural Center and a Lecturer with the University Honors College. She is also the Core Team Leader with Louisville Latino Education Outreach Project, Co-Director or Louisville Latinx Oral History Project and an organizer with Mijente. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University as well as Bachelors in Art in Interdisciplinary Studies from UNC-Asheville. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Counseling & Personnel Services (College Student Personnel) at the University of Louisville.
Tressa Brown received her B.A. in Biology and Anthropology at Transylvania University and her M.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. She is currently the coordinator for the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. She has worked for the past 25 years providing Native American educational programming for schools and the public both in her current position as well as in her previous position as Curator at the Salato Wildlife Education Center.Her primary focus has been to identify the stereotypes and myths about Native Americans in general and Kentucky’s Native people in particular. Her position at KHC is to provide accurate information to educators and the public about Kentucky’s American Indian history, the diversity of Native cultures as well as the issues affecting Native people in contemporary society.
Jerika Jones is a Videography, Music, and Muralist/Art teacher with a heart that bleeds music, art, and a few cheery drops of mischief. Born in Aurora Colorado but raised in Louisville Kentucky, this (almost) native Louisvillian has always has a marked interest in the arts--especially for music, visual arts, and film. She is a cellist of 19 years and has produced an indie television series, video production on documentary shorts for local non-profits, and paints socially conscious murals around the city. She is active member of the social justice community and prides community service above all other callings. She currently sits on several committees for Girls Rock Louisville, namely Programming committee, Communications committee and People of Color Accountability team. She organizes with the Shifting Power Committee for the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance. Jerika also works with the Academy of Music, Production, Education, and Development as the Videography and Photography teacher for students between the ages of 8-17. She has designed and implemented a successful ACT bootcamp specifically design for African American high schoolers in Jefferson County Public Schools. She is currently a Masters Student in the The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her interest are at the intersection of Aesthetics, Black Feminism, and Rock and Roll History. She has received a research travel grant from the Commission On the Status of Women to study rock music in Argentina. She also has been an accepted presenter at the Pop Culture Association for her work entitled “Moving Towards A Living Feminist Music Archive”.
Joshua Jean-Marie is currently an undergraduate marketing student at the University of Louisville and a Creative Associate at Access Ventures. He recently founded Exposure, a photo club on UofL’s campus and is a curator for StartingWithLou, an online blog, sharing stories of the people of Louisville. In his free time, Joshua enjoys listening to podcasts, exploring Louisville’s food scene, and finding new ways to love on and be involved in his community.
In November of 2018, Nicole George was elected to represent the people of District 21 on the Louisville Metro Council. The District includes Beechmont, Southside, Southland Park, Iroquois, and Lynnview. In 2019, she serves as Vice Chair of the Metro Council's Appropriations Committee. She is also a member of the Economic Development and labor, Public Works, and Parks and Sustainablity Committees. Nicole has spent her career working with families to improve child safety and wellbeing. For the last 15 years, Nicole has worked as a public servant delivering both frontline services in child protection and holding an array of child welfare administrative roles. These jobs have focused on organization improvement, policy analysis, and project management. Nicole spearheaded a statewide initiative to reduce trauma and enhance behavioral health services for children in foster care. Nicole is professionally trained to use available assets to drive positive change. Nicole values the ability of community to enhance the lives of all its citizens and support them in reaching their potential. Nicole, a life-long resident of the Southend of Louisville, has been married for almost two decades to small business owner and IBEW, Local 369 member, Ricky George. Nicole George, an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, is committed to serve the citizens of Metro Council District 21 through her leadership in economic growth and maintaining the beauty of our Metro 21 District.
Finn DePriest is a Sociology and Women and Gender Studies double major at the University of Louisville. They are president of the American Association of University Women and Sociology Student Association. They played part in the movement for free menstrual hygeine products on UofL's campus, that is now going through state legislature as Senate Bill 35 which will mandate all government funded colleges to have free products. Finn regularly helps to organize rallies and protests with like minded people to bring attention to a variety of causes. Finn is the recipient of the statewide Genny Scheldorf Award from UNA KY for their human rights activism.
Chuck Patton, co-owner of Traffic Builders Inc with his wife Tricia, has been a Louisville entrepreneur for 23 years in the marketing and advertising industry. Traffic Builders was a Gazelle member of GLI making Louisvilles' “Fast 50” list 4 years in a row. After selling his Traffic Builders in 2015, Chuck was looking to start another venture with three ideal objectives – Have fun, be different, and be an industry disruptor. While vacationing in Charleston SC., Chuck and Tricia experienced their very first cat cafe. Little did he know that this would be his next challenge and lead to the opening of Louisvilles first cat cafe. Purrfect Day Cafe is a social enterprise business partnering with the Kentucky Humane Society. Since Opening on August the 8th, Purrfect Day cafe has raised over $12,000 for KHS, found furrever homes for over 700 kittens and cats and averages over 4000 visitors a month. Chucks' team prides itself in being Louisvilles newest and most unique destination. Chuck is a graduate of WKU and has two children, Chase Patton and Kayla Patton, along with his wife Tricia.