Apr 02, 2019 9:30 AM

The #1 social media boot camp for real estate professionals is coming to the MLS of Hilton Head Island - Bluffton, SC for one day only. Learn how to leverage the hottest social channels to capture referrals, increase your sphere, & gain more business.  We'll share easy-to-implement tips, tricks & strategies on how to use social media to capture, nurture & convert more business. Topics covered include: Why do I need a Facebook business page? How do I generate leads through my website? How can social media help me attract more followers? How can I use tools like Twitter, YouTube, & LinkedIn to attract more business? What makes good blog content for my audience? and much, much more! Registration is FREE.  Space is limited. Dates & Times Available: Tuesday, April 2nd | Complimentary Breakfast at 9 AM | Class at 9:30 AM  Tuesday, April 2nd | Complimentary Lunch at 12 PM | Class at 12:30 PM  A few extras...just for you: Join us 30 minutes early for food & pre-event networking. All attendees will be eligible to win a FREE Amazon Fire Tablet. Stick around after the educational session for a special Elevate presentation & one-time only special offers to help you grow your business. See why real estate agents all around the US are raving about the #1 boot camp series in the nation. ABOUT ELEVATE The Elevate Boot Camp series is a nation-wide training program offered by Elm Street Technology, the creators of the Elevate Productivity Platform. Elevate offers a comprehensive suite of productivity solutions including social media and email marketing, IDX websites, lead generation and scrubbing, a powerful CRM, & custom consulting and creating services….everything needed to capture, nurture & convert real estate leads under ONE SINGLE SOURCE.

Mar 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." This will feature HHCA's large ensemble cast and a 20-piece live orchestra, for a family event you won't want to miss!  Performances will take place March 21-23 @ 7pm and March 23 @ 2pm at the Seahawk Cultural Center located at 70 Wilborn Road on Hilton Head Island. 

Mar 26, 2019 6:00 PM

Katie Blomquist, the host of Downtown Charleston Networking powered by Rockstar Connect, invites you to an evening of Rockstar Connect networking at Bay Street Biergarten on Tuesday, March 26th, 6 PM to 8 PM. It is a mix-and-mingle, after-hours business networking event and all may attend. Unlike other evening networking events, admission is free of charge, there are no boring speakers and no one is trying to sell you anything. Bring your old friends, make new friends and create your next meaningful business connection.Bay Street Biergarten is providing complimentary finger foods on a first come first served basis as well as the free event space. Attendees are encouraged to reciprocate the venue’s generosity by making a beverage purchase and by tipping their servers. It is the Rockstar thing to do. Feel free to come early for dinner, or stay after for drinks. Rockstar Connect events are held in hundreds of cities around the United States and Canada and hundreds of thousands of networkers attend Rockstar Connect events every year. Our hosts believe that you have to give in order to get, which is why they organize this monthly event to support their local business community. Direct all questions to Rockstar Connect: 1 (800) 205-2327.  Katie Blomquist https://www.goingplacesnonprofit.org/ Rockstar Connecthttps://www.rockstarconnect.com/ All attendees are welcome, either living in or visiting the Greater Charleston, South Carolina area: Mount Pleasant, SC, North Charleston, SC, Hanahan, SC, Goose Creek, SC, Ladson, SC, Summerville, SC, Beaufort, SC, Georgetown, SC, Hilton Head Island, SC, Orangeburg, SC, Wilmington Island, GA, Sumter, SC, Rincon, GA, Socastee, SC, Savannah, GA, Anson Borough Homes, SC, Wragg Borough Homes, SC, Gadsden Green Homes, SC, Harbor View, SC, Lakeview of Lawton Bluff, SC, Wappo Heights, SC, The Crescent, SC, Country Club Estates, SC, Lawton Bluff, SC, Battery Point, SC, Stiles Point, SC, Bayview Acres, SC, Fort Johnson Estates, SC, Harbor Woods, SC, South Windermire, SC, Marsh Point, SC, Clarks Point, SC

Apr 06, 2019 4:30 PM

Please join us for our 5th Annual Party in the Pines event on Saturday, April 6th from 4:30-7:30 PM at Fish Island in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. The event will feature delicious food (see menu below) and live music.  Beer and wine are also included in the ticket price, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are $40 per person or reserve a table for 8 for $400 (Reserved tables for 8 have benefit of reserved whole table seating vs. first come first serve seating for individual tickets).  Children 10 years old and under are free.  Food, friends and the great outdoors…there’s nothing better! **Please note-  Cash or check accepted at the CSA Administration Office 175 Greenwood Dr. Hilton Head, SC (M-F 7:30 AM-4:30PM).  Credit cards accepted via Eventbrite (convenience fee applies)  Online sales end 4/4/19 at noon. To purchase tickets after 4/4/19 at noon, please stop by the CSA Office 175 Greenwood Dr. Hilton Head, SC, pending ticket availability.                 Name Badges will be available for pick up at the CSA Administration Office starting on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at noon.                         If you have questions call/email Heather Butdorf at (843) 671-3299 or [email protected] All proceeds benefit capital replacement projects in the Forest Preserve. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve Foundation is a 501-(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. For tax deductions purposes, please contact your tax professional. EIN # 57-0985915   Menu presented by:       Starters station Pimento Dip | Fresh Mozzarella Caprese Skewers | Smoked Fish Dip Lowcountry Boil STation Shrimp | Corn | Potatoes | Sausage | Old Bay Broth Strawberry Blue Cheese Pecan Salad Grill Station Bison Burgers | Grilled Salmon Fillet | Grilled Chicken | Fingerling Potato Salad | Fresh Kettle Chips BBQ Station Baby Back Ribs | Pulled Pork | Cole Slaw | Bourbon Baked Beans Ice Cream Station

Jul 25, 2019 9:00 AM

Value Workshop Please come prepared with your Growth Initiative Tools: Cap Management Gross Goal Worksheet and Capper Goal Worksheet Pipeline Multi-year Trend LORE T2 Daily Company Dollar Four Conversations 2018 Goals  Each Market Center will be billed for their group regardless of attendance. Please have someone form your Market Center's Leadership team bring a check for $200.00 to cover the cost.         Mark Brenneman  Mark Brenneman joined Keller Williams Realty in April 2003 as the Team Leader of the first KW office in Cleveland, OH. Although he lacked residential real estate experience, his 20 plus year track record as a former CPA and business leader served him well as that market center grew very quickly to 100+ associates and achieved high levels of profitability.  In 2005, Mark moved to Hilton Head Island, SC and assumed the role of Team Leader of a newly launched market center. After growing that office to 100+ associates and in 2008 replacing himself as the Team Leader he assumed the Operating Principal role. Simultaneously he launched a residential real estate sales business and within three years grew the business to sales of over $15 million and in 2011 was recognized as the #4 individual sales associate in the Carolinas Region. In June of 2013 Mark took on the role of Regional Area Director for the Carolina?s region and in February of 2016 was named a member of the Keller Williams Realty International Master Faculty. Mark recalls a sales associate once telling him, " you influence and inspire people to believe in themselves" which is a driving force behind his passion as a trainer. As a result of his past business experience, he is very committed to teaching business building classes and turning, for what some may feel is intimidating material into fun and understandable tools. He brings numerous real life experiences to the classroom and material while keeping his students engaged, laughing, and learning.  Mark's Specializations include: Market Center Financials Basic Agent Financials Business Planning Clinic   Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?  Please contact the Regional Office at 704-660-3335 or [email protected]   Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?  You don't need your ticket although it does make check-in quicker. You should be prepared to check in with the name of the person registered.     What is the refund policy?  We will consider refunds up to two weeks prior to the event. After that point, no refunds will be given.    The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay? Yes, but if you are transfering a registration, you must have evidence that the original registrant approves the transfer (a printed copy of an email would suffice).  

May 05, 2019 11:00 AM

The STAND4LAND JAZZ BRUNCH on May 5, 2019 will be the first in a unique series of 6 monthly, First Sunday fundraisers, which are designed to benefit the "HELP SAVE GULLAH-GEECHEE LAND CAMPAIGN" of the non-profit Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network, Inc. All proceeds from the brunches will be used for two purposes: To either pay the delinquent property taxes of land-rich, but cash-poor descendants of enslaved Africans who once labored on sea island plantations from North Carolina to Florida, or ro redeem Gullah-Geechee property that has already been auctioned to the highest bidders at delinquent tax sales. Each brunch will be a themed event spotlighting dynamic entertainment ranging from jazz and Gullah rap to gospel music and the blues. Local poets and storytellers will also be invited to participate in these much-anticipated communitywide fundraisers. Anyone interested in helping to prevent any further loss of ancestral Gullah-Geechee homes and land is welcome to join this critical fundraising effort.  Because Gullah-Geechee culture is land-based, decades of almost unchecked land loss means that the people celebrated for preserving among the strongest African cultural retentions in the New World--are struggling to survive amid upscale gated communties and resort developments, as well as the gentrification of desirable coastal cities.  Hilton Head Island--which is the site of historic Mitchelville, America's first self-governed Freedmen's Village,circa 1862--has suffered a storied loss of valuable Black-owned waterfront property. Some of that land, including popular once segregated North End beaches, had been in local Gullah families since the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Less than 1,000-acres still remain in Gullah hands on HHI. Many HHI Gullah families lost, or were forced to sell their land and became permanently displaced. And with few exceptions, the remaining Gullah families battle soaring property taxes, stifling zoning and land management ordinances, and mind-boggliing tactics by greedy developers and their allies. Since 2015, the "HELP SAVE GULLAH-GEECHEE LAND CAMPAIGN" has provided an safety net of technical, referral, anf financial assistance that has prevented the loss of Gullah-Geechee-owned  property with an assessed value of over $6-million, according to tax records in Beaufort, Colleton, Georgetown, and Horry counties in South Carolina. And we're just getting started!

May 17, 2019 7:00 PM

IN 2019, WE ARE TAKING THE LDAC KAPPA LUAU WEEKEND TO A TOTALLY DIFFERENT LEVEL, AND WE WANT YOU TO BE THERE!!!     LDAC Kappa Luau Weekend 2019 – "THE NEXT LEVEL” You spoke, we listened. We researched and planned, and now it's time to execute!!! We are taking the LDAC Kappa Luau to another level, because our patrons deserve it!!! To put it mildy, we have heard that other organizations are trying to go head-to-head with your event, yes, this is YOUR Event! That's exciting, but we WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD, AND WE REFUSE TO BE OUTDONE! You are personally invited to spend the entire weekend with the Brothers of the Lawrenceville-Duluth Alumni Chapter and Members of Kappa Alpha Psi from all over the country, as they travel back to Georgia for this Festive Celebration. The information below is lengthy, but we want to ensure you have all of the information you coupld possibly need to make this a memorable event for you and your posse! ...And most importantly proceeds will go to our ongoing efforts to provide scholarships to young men in the Gwinnett County. Over the past five years, in partnership with the LDAC Foundation, we have provided over $159,000 in scholarships; mentored more than 300 young men, and provided assistance of more than $57,000 to help high school and college students. This year, we aim to continue that tradition. We have put together another winning line-up which includes, Live Bands, DJ’s, a Comedian, a Delicious Menu, Live Performances by R&B artists, Tony Terry and Cherrelle, and more…Act Now to Get Your Tickets. Last Year we Sold Out, and we are sure to sell out again this year! Thanks again for your support, The Brothers of LDAC                                                      Below is a comprehensive line-up of events:  Friday Night, May 17th, 2019 Event: All White Experience Time: 7PM – 12AM Line-up: 7:30 Live Band (Artist to be announced) (On the Terrace Stage) 8:30 - Live Jazz with the Sax Man, Dwan Bozman (In the Digg That Lounge) 8:30 Comedy Under the Stars with Comedian Henry Welch (On the Terrace Stage) 9:30 - Live Performance by Tony Terry (On the Terrace Stage) 10 - Live Jazz with the Sax Man, Dwan Bozman (In the Digg That Lounge) 11 - Live band on Terrance Stage (Artist to be Announced) Place: Vines Mansion – 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville, GA 30052 Dress Code: Klassy White/Cream Please, and Dress to Impress (Linen, Silk, White Denim) Who’s Spinning? DJ Tron aka Tronny Blaze (Main Ballroom) Things to Know: Parking – Special Parking Passes are available on site on a first come, first served basis for $25 per vehicle. Simply pay the on duty Parking Attendant to receive a pass to park inside the Mansion Gate. Otherwise, please park your vehicle in the Vines Park parking lot, and come to the Park Entrance to Load the Bus. Shuttles will run for the entire night to transport you from the parking lot to the front door of the mansion. After Party - Theory Lounge, 3695 Club Drive, Duluth Midnight - 3AM PRICES: Online Early Bird (first 500 sold only!!!) $60  Advanced Online: $70  At-the-Door: $80  All White Experience Only: (Friday Night) $45  ONLINE, NUPES RECEIVE A SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE UNTIL 03/31 (Please Contact an LDAC Brother for Details), TICKETS $80 AT THE DOOR! Saturday, May 18th, 2019 Event: LDAC Kappa Luau, 2019 Time: 5PM – 12AM Line-up: 5:00 - Day Party with DJ BombShell Boogie (On the Terrace Stage) 6:00 - Luau feast with DJ QS3 (On the Lower Level Patio) 6:30 Luau games (On the Terrace Stage) 7:00 - Performance by the Balefire Fire Dancer 7:30 - Live Jazz in the Lounge - Artist to be announced (In the Digg That Lounge) 8:00 - Live music by King Ellis and The Just Friends Band (On the Terrace Stage) 9:00 -DJ M (In the Grand Room) 9:00 - Live Jazz in the Lounge - Artist to be announced (In the Digg That Lounge) 9:30 - Live performance by Cherrelle (On the Terrace Stage) 11pm - Live music by King Ellis and The Just Friends Band (On the Terrace Stage) Place: Vines Mansion – 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville, GA 30052 Dress Code: Dress to Impress Luau-Chic – Linen, Dress-Shorts, Silk, Sun Dresses, Seer Suckers, Chic Island-Wear Who’s Spinning: DJ M, DJ BombShell Boogie, DJ QS3 Things to Know: Parking – Special Parking Passes are available on site on a first come, first served basis for $25 per vehicle. Simply pay the on duty Parking Attendant to receive a pass to park inside the Mansion Gate. Otherwise, please park your vehicle in the Vines Park parking lot, and come to the Park Entrance to Load the Bus. Shuttles will run for the entire night to transport you from the parking lot to the front door of the mansion. Coolers – There will be absolutely no coolers allowed in the gate this year. This rule will be strictly enforced for all attendees. Tents/Lawn Chairs – Patrons are strongly encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and tents to enjoy the entertainment, food, fun, and fellowship. However, NO COOLERS WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE GATE THIS YEAR. Thank you for your cooperation. Catering – TBA After Party - Theory Lounge, 3695 Club Drive, Duluth Midnight - 3AM PRICES: Online Early Bird (first 500 sold only!!!) $60 Advanced Online: $70 At-the-Door: $80 All White Experience Only: (Friday Night) $45 ONLINE, NUPES RECEIVE A SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE UNTIL 03/31 (Please Contact an LDAC Brother for Details), TICKETS $80 AT THE DOOR! Need a Place to Stay?  Select One of Our Preferred Travel Partners Below and Receive a Discount. Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta NE Gwinnett Sugarloaf Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta I-85-Lawrenceville-Duluth Hampton Inn & Suites Snellville Atlanta NE Proceeds go to the LDAC Kappa Foundation Scholarship Program, Where With Your Help, we will Award Over $21,000 in Scholarships in Gwinnett County for the Fourth Consecutive Year in a Row!  Limited Vendor Slots are Now Available - Contact us @ [email protected] if interested Still Not Sure If You Should Attend??? Did we Mention Proceeds go to our LDAC Foundation Scholarship Fund, Where we will have Already Awarded More Than $159,000 in Scholarships to African-American Males in Gwinnett County? Click Here to See Your Hard-Earned Dollars at Work. …And if you Have Never Attended, and You Are Wondering What the Weekend is Like, Please Check out our Past Events Gallery Below:  2018 - Luau Pics                2017 - Luau Pics             2016 - Luau Pics                2015 - Luau Pics                (ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL)

Apr 25, 2019 8:00 AM

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL ALL GAUCHO REUNION! It is never too early to call your friends and book your travel back to campus.  Hosted by UC Santa Barbara Alumni - Your Story Continues Here. Find further event details, related events, accommodation information, FAQs, and more on the All Gaucho Reunion website.  SCHEDULE AUTHOR TALK: Free lecture and book-signing by Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Campbell Hall, UC Santa BarbaraFree. No registration necessary. Free lecture, and book-signing by Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.  About UCSB Reads: UCSB Reads is an award-winning campus-wide and community-wide “one book” program started by Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas in 2007 and led by the UCSB Library. Each summer, a committee of faculty, staff, students, and community partners convene to select an intellectually stimulating, interdisciplinary book by a living author that appeals to a wide range of readers and can be incorporated into the UCSB curriculum. The program kicks off at the start of the winter quarter with the Chancellor giving away free books to UCSB students in the Library. A variety of UCSB Reads events (book clubs, film screenings, exhibitions, and faculty panel discussions) exploring the book and its themes are held starting in January on the UCSB campus and other venues. The program culminates with a live appearance by the author. Events are usually free and open to the public. http://guides.library.ucsb.edu/ucsbreads2019 Friday, April 26 UCSB Women's Soccer 2019 Golf Tournament Friday, April 26, 12:00 p.m.Glen Annie Golf Course, 405 Glen Annie Rd., Goleta, CA 93117$150 Registration fee. Separate registration.  Check-in at 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. (Practice range will open up for golfers at 11:00 a.m.) Player fee includes a round of golf with a cart, boxed lunch, practice range balls, post-round appetizers and soft drinks, and one free raffle ticket.  Tournament outline: Shotgun start | Scramble | Longest Drive | Closest to the pin Engage: Psychological & Brain Sciences Alumni Career Panels Friday, April 26, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.Psychology Building, UC Santa BarbaraFree. RSVP here. All graduating seniors are invited to attend the 2019 ENGAGE PBS Career Panel Series! Psychology and Biopsychology Alumni are eager to Engage, Network, Grow, Advance, Guide, and Empower (ENGAGE) students in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at three career-focused panels showcasing Alumni in different career paths. The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management Master's Thesis Public Presentations Friday, April 26, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort633 E Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93103Free. No registration necessary.  The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management invites you to the 22nd Annual Final Presentations of its graduating master’s students. Student groups will present science-based solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Talks will be followed by a poster session and reception. This event is free and open to the public; no registration is necessary. For questions, please email [email protected] Psychological and Brain Sciences Alumni Mixer Friday, April 26, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.Psychology Courtyard, UC Santa BarbaraFree. RSVP here. Come to enjoy an afternoon with fellow PBS alumni, students, and catch up with old friends over complimentary refreshments including local beers, wines, and appetizers. In the spirit of alumni connections, the graduating class of 2019 will be joining the mixer after attending another ENGAGE sponsored event “PBS Alumni Career Panel.” The mixer will be an excellent opportunity to share personal experience and career wisdom (and best UCSB memories) with our graduating seniors. Thank you for being a proud PBS Gaucho, and we look forward to seeing you there! College of Creative Studies Alumni Panel Friday, April 26, 3:00 p.m.Old Little Theater, UC Santa BarbaraFree.  Details forthcoming. Golden Gaucho TGIF (Class of 1970, all Classes of 1960s and before) Friday, April 26, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.El Paseo, 10 El Paseo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101$20 Registration fee. Purchase tickets here.  Enjoy a wonderful evening of music and nostalgia at the TGIF. Ticket includes heavy appetizers and admission to the Greek Alumni Party at El Paseo from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Profs at the Pub Friday, April 26, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.The Hub, UC Santa BarbaraFree. RSVP here.  Profs at the Pub, an engaging, free speaker series featuring UCSB professors at Santa Barbara’s favorite watering holes. with Professor Bruce H. Tiffney Interim Dean, College of Creative StudiesProfessor of Plant Paleobiology Food and beer will be available for purchase from Wahoo's Fish Tacos.  Greek Alumni Party Friday, April 26, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.El Paseo, 10 El Paseo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 $10 Registration fee. Purchase tickets here. A celebration of Greek Life! Gather with your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers for a party to kick off your alumni weekend with live music and heavy appetizers!  [email protected] UCSB Friday, April 26, Dinner 8:00 p.m. Drinks and desserts 9:45 p.m.779 Camino Pescadero, Goleta, CA 93117Free. RSVP here. Second annual Shabbat desserts and drink hour for Gaucho alumni. Come join us for the four-course Shabbat meal you sure have missed! Following dinner, there will be drinks and desserts for alumni. Come and re-experience the warmth of Shabbat with Chabad! Saturday, April 27 Master of Technology Management Alumni Gathering Saturday, April 27, 9:00-9:45 a.m.Phelps Hall, Room 1410, UC Santa BarbaraFree. RSVP here. Come grab some coffee, a breakfast sweet, and perhaps some fruit before heading over to the Gauchos Professionals Showcase that starts at 10 a.m., where our latest MTM Faculty member, Professor Matt Beane is speaking on his research of people and smart machines. Meet with fellow MTM alums and perhaps a few current students and professors and hear how MTM has transformed since your attendance so many years ago (!)  At 9:30 a.m., we'll hear from one of our directors on the current state of MTM.   UCSB Veterans Breakfast Saturday, April 27, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.Veterans Resource Center, UC Santa BarbaraFree. RSVP here by April 12, 2019.  All Gauchos who served in the military are invited to join UCSB’s military-related students for breakfast in the Veterans Resource Center. Share your UCSB experience with our community of student veterans, military dependents, and active, Reserve, and Guard members. Gaucho Gallop 5K & Kids 1 Mile Dash presented by PayJunction Saturday, April 27, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.Adjacent to UCSB Library, UC Santa BarbaraSeparate registration.  Gaucho Professionals Showcase Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa BarbaraFree. RSVP here.  Connect with Gauchos working in the areas of tech, finance, education, and entrepreneurship during an engaging morning of industry talks and networking. Hear from Eric Lauterbach '89, as he shares his journey from UCSB to now serving as the President of the Consumer Division at Peet's Coffee.  Questions? Contact Karen Ravago-Ballaret at [email protected] Class of 1969 Campus Tour Saturday, April 27, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.Meet at The Club & Guesthouse, UC Santa BarbaraFree. Separate registration  Gaucho Kids Festival Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Behind UCSB Library, UC Santa BarbaraFree. No registration is necessary. Waiver required. Choose from a multitude of engaging activities for the whole family such as earthquake simulations, UCSB Brainiacs, bounce bounce, liquid nitrogen ice cream, LEGO robots, Physics Circus, the REEF, and more! All youth participating in the Kids Festival will need to have a parent or guardian complete a waiver. Are you coming to the festival without a parent? Be sure to print out and have your parent sign the waiver. Contact us at [email protected] to obtain a waiver (available in both English and Spanish). LGBTQ Open House Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (SRB 3112), UC Santa BarbaraRSVP here. Join other LGBTQ and ally alumni in the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity for an open house! Connect with other alumni, meet current student staff and volunteers, and learn about the LGBTQ community on campus. Snacks, swag, and buttons for all who attend! GreekFest Chapter Gatherings Saturday, April 27, Times may varyChapter Facilities, Isla VistaContact individual chapter alumni-relations chairs for more information. UCSB Women's Soccer v. Westmont  Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m.Ticketed. Link is coming soon.  ROTC Reception Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Goleta Beach, Area B, 5986 Sandspit Rd. Goleta, CA 93117Free.  The UCSB Department of Military Science / ROTC Program is hosting its annual Alumni Reception on Saturday, April 27th  All past Surfriders are welcome to join us for a BBQ and meet current Cadets. RSVP by March 17th: Email [email protected] Class of 1969 Reunion Luncheon Saturday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.The Club and Guest House, UC Santa Barbara$40.00 tickets. Separate registration The 50th Reunion luncheon is the highlight of the 50th Reunion weekend. The ticket price includes a cocktail hour, lunch, and program. The venue will be the Betty Elings Wells West Terrace overlooking the UCSB lagoon (weather permitting.) Department of Communication Career Day Saturday, April 27, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.Corwin Pavilion, UC Santa BarbaraFree. Separate RSVP. Career Day is an event hosted by the Communication Alumni Council through which we aim to connect current communication students with alumni as we work to build a program in which we provide mentorship and opportunities for students as they begin to plan career paths. It is a great opportunity to reconnect with UCSB, give back to the campus, and engage with students and Alumni. Following the event, we invite all Alumni to gather for a reception/ networking event which grants alumni the opportunity to reconnect with each other, the Department of Communication and faculty. If you are a Communication Alumni and would like to attend the event or have questions please reach out to the Alumni Council at [email protected] We look forward to seeing you there!  Taste of UCSB presented by Hotel Californian Saturday, April 27, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.Lawn behind UCSB Library$45 Early Bird through March 15, 2019$50 March 16 - 27, 2019 while supplies lastPurchase tickets here. The Taste of UCSB Beer, Food, and Wine Festival is the premier event of the annual All Gaucho Reunion Weekend, with over 50 Gaucho chefs, brewers, caterers, and vintners bringing the best Central Coast cuisine and beverages. This benefit event for the UCSB Alumni Scholarship Fund also features live music and a chance to meet various UCSB department representatives. RULES AND REGULATIONS: ALL TICKETS ARE NONREFUNDABLE within 30 days of the event -- Taste of UCSB happens rain or shine. This event is exclusively 21+ only, no one under the age of 21 will be permitted inside the festival, including children in strollers and carriers. Please bring your valid photo ID or another form of government-issued identification. Animals are not permitted inside the festival unless they are designated service animals with proper documentation. Tickets will be sold at the door WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Remember to bring either your printed ticket OR your mobile ticket details for scanned entry. Questions? Email [email protected] Gaucho Tour Association Reunion Saturday, April 27, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.Visitors Center, UC Santa BarbaraFree. RSVP here. The Gaucho Tour Association will host a brief, informal reunion for any and all past tour guides of UCSB. Light refreshments will be provided, and there will be interactive activities and a raffle.  For questions, contact Jayne Reimel at [email protected]   Identities Unbound: A Multicultural Mixer Saturday, April 27, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Multipurpose Room, Student Resource Building, UC Santa BarbaraFree. RSVP here by April 19, 2019. Inviting all UCSB alumni and current students who are/were involved with any cultural, identity-based student organizations and/or a fraternity and sorority for an evening of networking, learning, and solidarity. Alumni share their unique stories and wisdom about life after graduation with current students, staff, and faculty.  Enjoy desserts and light refreshments that interweave our communities together during this multicultural family reunion. Hosted by: Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (APIA), Education Opportunity Program (EOP), Latinx/a/o UCSB Networking Association (LUNA), Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCGSD), UCSB Black, Undocumented Student Services, UCSB Alumni Affairs.   Women’s Water Polo  - 30th Anniversary of their Club National Championship Saturday, April 27, 4:00 p.m.Intercollegiate Athletics Building, UC Santa BarbaraFree.  Appetizers will be served. Contact Mia Weber at [email protected] to RSVP or for more information.   2nd Annual Gold Coast Step Show Saturday, April 27, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.UCSB Thunderdome, UC Santa Barbara$10-$20 Registration fee. Separate registration.  featuring Step Performances By Organizations of the DIVINE 9 (Fraternities and Sororities) Doors open at 4:00 p.m., Show starts at 5 p.m.  FOR MORE INFO: [email protected] OR BY PHONE: 310.431.8564 Executive Producer: Q-20 Entertainment Proceeds to Benefit The Center for Education and Academic Development Elite Scholars Program. College of Creative Studies Social  Saturday, April 27, 5:00 p.m.CCS Building (Front Lawn and Art Gallery), UC Santa BarbaraFree.Details forthcoming.  Sunday, April 28 Riviera Reunion Luncheon Sunday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Riviera Park Quad2020 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA 93103$35 Registration fee. Purchase tickets here.  Join your fellow Riviera Gauchos in celebrating the All Gaucho Reunion at the Riviera Quad at the original UCSB campus! Enjoy a family style BBQ lunch and share stories with Gauchos who graduated in 1957 and before. Walter H. Capps Center Intern Luncheon Sunday, April 28, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.Living Room, Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa BarbaraFree.  Join us for the Spring 2019 Intern Meeting / Capps Intern Reunion! Reconnect with classmates, hear from current interns, and share your powerful lessons learned from the "real world." Questions? Contact Nonie Hamilton at [email protected] Taubman Symposium Screening: Film Marking Yom ha-Shoa Sunday, April 28, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.Pollock Theater, UC Santa BarbaraFree.  Film screening marking Yom ha-Shoa Sponsored by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies Stay tuned for details for additional departmental events!

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Dates: October 23, 2019 to October 25, 2019 (DATE CHANGE*) Location(s): Main Conference Meeting Space Heritage Hotel and Conference Center (Confirmed*) 522 Heritage Road Southbury, CT 06488 Breakout Rooms & Vendor Symposium Heritage Hotel and Conference Center (Confirmed*) 522 Heritage Road Southbury, CT 0648 This conference is eligible for CEs from Connecticut Certification Board and National Association of Social Workers (NASW CT). Confimation of receipt will be posted on the page in the coming months. Contracted Hotels: Heritage Hotel and Conference Center (Confirmed*) 522 Heritage Road Southbury, CT 06488 Invited Speakers: Reconfirmed for 2019 as of 10/25/2018 Jillian Hishaw (Confirmed*) Lise Metzger (Confirmed*) Dr. Mike Rosmann (Confirmed*) Keisha Cameron (Confirmed*) Pending Speaker Requests: Rowen White (Pending*) Amani Olugbala (Pending*) Nakia Navarro (Pending*) Ahna Kruzic (Pending*) Ruby Olisemeka (Pending*) Kristin Jordan (Pending*) Sara Wolcott (Pending*) Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti (Pending*) Dr. Marta Moreno Vega (Pending*) Zen Honeycutt (Pending*) Onika Abraham (Pending*) Kara Brewer Boyd (Pending*) Danielle Nierenberg (Pending*) Conference Information: Working Theme: Women, Intersectionality and Food Systems *This page will be updated periodically as Conference agenda items are confirmed* To apply for a full or partial scholarship, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/ja0pwo5hx5o0lXWF3 Day One, October 23, 2018 Sunrise yoga (TBD): 6:30 am to 7:15 am Introduction:  TBD: 8:00 am to 8:15 am  Welcome: Welcome to Southbury: 8:00 am to 8:15 am -TBD Plenary Session: 8:45 am to 10:45 am  TBD Break: 10:45 am to 11:15 am Workshop Sessions: 11:15 am to 12:30 pm Session A:   Breaking Ground: How to Access NEGEF Awards & Sponsorships w/ Staff -TBD In this workshop, background on the types of grants available through the New England Grassroots Environment Fund  as well as trainiing/skill building resources to frontline organizers will be discussed in detail. The Grassroots Fund is a pooled fund with over 20 years experience resourcing the frontline of the New England environmental justice movement. When participants finish the workshop, they will know: How to apply for funding via the Grassroots Fund three grant programs as well as project ideas that fit the guidelines How to participate in design of and attend RootSkills webinars and in-person trainings How to apply for event sponsorships How to participate in the Grassroots Fund community, including as a reader of grant applications or as a presenter at a RootSkills training or webinar Session B: Systems Change through Dtory Telling/Making w/ Anha Kruzic Women are shaping our food system for the better - we're leading efforts to create a fair, healthy,and sustainable food system from the ground up. But we're doing so despite significant challenges. Despite the fact that women participate in the production and processing of food at roughly equal rates to men, most undernourished people in the world are women and girls. The food system overall is highly dependent on the labor and skills of women, but this doesn’t necessarily translate to decision-making power. Instead, our labor is unpaid or underpaid, significantly more-so for women of Color, and we are subjected to high rates of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and violence on the job. But we're taking control of our food systems for the better by farming, organizing, and advocating for systems that are better for farmers, workers, their communities, and ultimately -- our planet.  Since women's leadership is key to the transformation of our food system, we must tell our stories, learn from one another's successes and challenges, and grow our movement into the future.  Join us for this workshop as together, we explore the power of the exploration of our histories and story-telling for food and agriculture transformation.  Session C: The Behavioral Health of Women and Minorities Involved in Agriculture w/ Michael R. Rosmann Ph.D. Women currently are the primary operators of 17% of American farms and secondary operators of another third of U.S. farms.  Like males, these women operate large crop and livestock farms in the U.S. as well as smaller andoften organic vegetable and animal production farms.  People of color and females are increasingly pursuing livelihoods in agriculture in America these days.  Can female American farmers improve the well-being of the two fifths of farmers around the world who are women, mostly in third worldnations? This  presentation takes a look at the unique behavioralhealth problems that accompany agricultural occupations, drawing especially on the presenter's research and experiences as a licensed clinical psychologist and farmer for 40 years and as a professor and writer aboutoccupational and environmental health for two decades.  There are significantly higher incidences of anxiety, depression and suicide among the agricultural population in comparison to the nonagricultural U.S. population.  Relationship problems such as family conflict and abuse often are gender-related and are prime indicators of stress within agriculturalfamilies, according to the author's research.  People who are cultural and racial minorities in the U.S. frequentlyexperience special behavioral health adjustment issues, such as difficulties with their status as migrant workers and sometimes as undocumented immigrants, besides problems in daily living such as access to healthcare, schools and lack of family and social supports.  Racial minorities wantingto farm sometimes face resistance from the dominant culture in some locations around the U.S., although progress is being made in some of the main agricultural areas, like the West Coast.  This presentation takes a look at the special issues of women and racial minorities in agriculture andprograms that are already addressing these concerns, as well as further recommended solutions to obstacles facing women in general and those of color in particular. Essentially, this presentation will describe major behavioral healthstressors experienced by women in agriculture and recommend ways women can manage their behavioral health.  Three proposed objectives of thispresentation are the following: Attendees will acquire knowledge about the unique behavioral health issues that are linked to agriculture and how these behavioral health diagnoses compare to those of the nonagricultural population. Participants in this presentation will learn about gender-linked behavioral health issues of people engaged in agriculture that have been identified as specific to women. The attendees will learn about recommended solutions to the particular behavioral health problems experienced by women and minorities in agriculture. Lunch: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, On your own! Workshop Sessions: 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Session D: Re-focusing the Image of Women Farmers, One Story at a Time w/ Lise Metzger Do you ever feel isolated or unseen as you work hard on your farm? Have you ever thought no one cares about your intense investment in what you do? Hearing the stories of other women can help make you feel connected to other people, or to yourself or to something you’d like in your own life. It can help you know that the work you do matters, and that people are paying attention and care. The Grounded Women Project (http://groundedwomen.com/about-the-project/) tells the why and how story of independent farmers: what led each woman to choose a life in agriculture, for example, and what issues does she face as a woman? Come gather together to hear the creator of Grounded Women tell the stories of women farmers as well as the story behind the stories. Leave with a knowing that one story at a time, one farm at a time, women are changing the face of agriculture.   Session E:  Women in Cannabis by Kristin Jordan TBD Session F: TBD Day Two, October 24, 2018 Sunrise yoga (TBD): 6:30 am to 7:15 am Introduction: 8:30 am to 9:00 am - Women on the Move - Senator Heather Somers Plenary Session: 9:15 am to 10:45 am - Planting Sacred Seeds in a Modern World; Restoring Indigenous Seed Sovereignty w/ Rowen White All across Turtle Island (North America) we are seeing a great resurgence of indigenous tribes building healthy and resilient food systems as a cornerstone to cultural and ecological renewal programs, as well as a means to reclaim indigenous economies and true economic and political sovereignty. If a community is to be truly sovereign and free from colonizing forces, they must be able to feed and nourish themselves with culturally appropriate foods. Food and seed sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.  Despite the scorched earth tactics of countless colonial and imperial forces to try and starve Native American communities into submission and cultural amnesia, indigenous people and their seeds survived, and now a rich array of community food and seed sovereignty projects are sprouting, sowing seeds of hope in the hearts of many. Through her work with the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, Rowen is helping indigenous communities cultivate culturally appropriate solutions to restoring seed stewardship of traditional foods. Using this seed work as a powerful means for reconciliation, she will share powerful and inspiring stories of the rematriation of our traditional seeds back into the reverent care of indigenous women.  In the age of the increasing industrialization of our food and the erosion of biodiversity within cultural contexts, the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network asks the question; Can we envision the Seed Commons, and coordinate collaborative efforts to care and protect for our seeds that is in right relationship to our indigenous cosmology? How can we use the process of reclaiming our traditional seeds and food as a powerful means of cultural restoration? Come learn about the beautiful seed legacy of the indigenous people of this land, and see how you can be a part of the reconciliation between yourself and the seeds of your own ancestry, and revitalize this ancient web of relationships that comes with being an indigenous Seed Keeper. Attendees will gain an understanding of: The dynamic intersection and importance between cultural restoration and the restoration of indigenous food and seed systems. The importance of indigenous women taking a fierce and loving role in the rematriation of our heritage seeds back into our communities from government and university research programs and from the collections of museums and public access seed banks.   A heartfelt and deeply touching array of stories from indigenous communities from North America who are cultivating new seed and food culture as a means to heal historical trauma and reconnect to our ancestral lands. Break: 10:45 am to 11:00 am Workshop Sessions:. 11:15 am to 12:30 pm Session G:  At the Root: An Examination of White Sepremacy and Systemic  Racism in US Food Systems w/ Ahna Kruzic Though many movement participants presume alternative agriculture movement spaces to be economically, socially, and environmentally just, narratives of whiteness and color-blind racism permeate the movement’s collective discourse. I argue that a critique of whiteness and white supremacy is necessary to build sustainable food and agriculture movements that dismantle injustice. In this session, we will identify common manifestations of whiteness in food and agriculture movement spaces, and learn tools to help identify our own narratives of color-blind racism and whiteness which reify white supremacy. This session is based on data analyzing communications from researchers, farmers, advocates, activists, and more across six communities in the United States.  Session H:  Farming While Black by Amani Olubala Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the CSA - have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence have deprived the Black community of farmland, capital, and healthy food access.  Soul Fire Farm is part of a national network working toward food sovereignty and land justice. Learn how we can build upon Afro-Indigenous wisdom in reshaping the food system to be based on equity and abundance rather than exploitation and deprivation. Session I:  Enabling Caring Ecosystems  w/  Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti and Sara Jolena Wolcott What does it mean to be part of the whole – especially when the system as a whole seems set on ignoring or even harming your efforts? This workshop focuses on the role of remembering history in ways that empower us, engaging with our spiritualities, and telling the right story at the right time to effect needed change.  It is a participatory workshop that will include storytelling, mapping your existing ecosystem (human and non-human) and considering where are the places for manageable, collective engagement that can enable greater rest, wealth, and health for all.    Lunch: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, On your own! Workshop Sessions: 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Session J: TBD Session K:  Feminism Is Not Enough! Reviving the Yoni Culture - A Celebration of the Feminine, An Awakening of the Goddess Within  w/  Ruby Olisemeka The feminist movement, mid 1800's onwards, has made significant ideological changes and tangible strides in the struggle for equality between men and women.  However the movement has centered historically around empowering, white women, and appears to seek assimilation into a fundamentally flawed societal model, rather than dismantling that model and all the oppressive systems that are woven within it. The feminist movement also appears to not acknowledge the suppressed history off the ancient feminine goddess cultures and reviving them as a critical part of womens liberation. In this interactive workshop we will critically analyze the concept of femininity, look at some feminine archetypes, and the cultures that created and celebrated them. We will discuss the ways we can work to awaken this culture, first within ourselves.  We will practice some rituals and methods (herbal medicine making, land practices, mantras) to strengthen and express the divine feminine within. Session L:   TBD   Day Three, October 25, 2018 Sunrise yoga (TBD): 7:15 am to 8:00 am Community Volunteering Opportunity:. Habitat for Humanity WomenBuild, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (*****By registration only. Volunteers MUST COMMIT TO THE WHOLE DAY!  Please check for more details on this opportunity by September 2018*****.). OR Community Farm Tour # 1: Common Ground High School, TBD Community Farm Tour # 2:. TBD Community Farm Tour # 3: Slate School, TBD Community Farm Tour # 4: TBD Our Valued Supporters and Sponsors: 2018 New England Grassroots Environmental Fund Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board Cabot Cheese of Vermont Food First Moutain Rose Herbs Food Tank Food Solutions New England Natural Nutmeg Magazine The Edible Schoolyard Project 2019 TBD Speaker Biographies: Jillian Hishaw, Esq, L.L.M./Attorney Jillian Hishaw, author of "Don't Bet the Farm on Medicaid" and Founder and CEO of Hishaw Law, LL.C in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) a national nonprofit that provides legal and technical services to small farmers of color will discuss her experience working in agriculture as a woman of color in various capacities prior to establishing her own businesses out of necessity.  Hishaw has previously worked for the Assistant Secretary Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Agriculture in Washington DC and on the Pigford  (Black American farmer discrimination class action) and Keepseagle (Native American farmer discrimination class action) claims settlement process prior to establishing F.A.R.M.S.  Since F.A.R.M.S. inception, over 220,000 lbs. of produce have been donated in high poverty rural communities of color and Black farms have been saved from foreclosure.   As a philanthropist, Hishaw has raised thousands of dollars for charitable food programs and published several law review and American Bar Association articles on agricultural and environmental topics i.e. the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, the Journal of Food Law & Policy and more!  Hishaw holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Tuskegee University, Juris Doctorate and Legal Masters (LL.M) in Agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville law school.  For more information about F.A.R.M.S. please visit www.30000acres.org or www.jillianhishaw.com  Dr. Mike R. Rosmann/Farmer, Psycologist Michael R. Rosmann is a psychologist and farmer whose life's work involves improving the behavioral healthcare of the agricultural population. He seeks to advance regional and global food production policy which enhances the behavioral and economic welfare of food producers, maintains stewardship of the land and other resources used in food production and protects the safety of food for consumers. In an era of increasing tension due to bioterrorist threats and shifts in the agribusiness climate, he is a voice for the agricultural population. The New York Times said this about him: a fourth generation farmer as well as a clinical psychologist, he speaks the language of men and women on the verge of losing their place on the land.  Michael R. Rosmann received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah. Following a five year stint as a faculty member in the psychology department of the University of Virginia, Rosmann and his family moved to their farm in rural western Iowa where he developed an organic crop and purebred livestock operation. He also provided mental health services to the farm population, first in private practice and then in community mental health centers. He developed the first mental health response in Iowa to the farm crisis of the 1980's. He initiated Prairie Rose Mental Health Center in Harlan, Iowa and was its director for eight years. Lise Metzger/Photographer Lise Metzger writes and photographs the project Grounded Women: Stories of Women Who Farm. She is an award-winning photographer who for the past 30 years has shot for advertising agencies, magazines and corporations, as well as creating branding imagery for individual clients. She has taught both digital and film photography at universities, high schools and in a men’s prison.  What started many years ago as severe stomach pains led to a deep dive to understand the connection between food and health, which led to a broader investigation of our food system as a whole and the social, political, economic, environmental, and health issues that result. She launched Grounded Women as a way to share the authentic and inspiring stories of women who choose a life in agriculture, and to contribute to changing the narrative around food and the women who grow it.  You can see her work at lisemetzger.com andgroundedwomen.com. Ahna Kruzic/Former Director of Publications and Communications, Food First Ahna Kruzic is a community organizer turned activist-researcher from rural Iowa. Ahna has worked as researcher, community organizer, coalition-builder, and more. As Director of Publications and Communications at Food First, otherwise known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy, Ahna coordinates and contributes to communications, analysis, and research-for-action which seeks to dismantle exploitative racism, capitalism, and oppression in the food system. Nakia Navarro/Former Program Director, New England Grassroots Environment Fund Nakia Navarro hails from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her two children, Kayla and Mateo. Her nonprofit experience spans well over fifteen years and includes organizing roles within food rescuing, disaster response, as well as college access and success for low resourced students. In addition to working as a Program Director at the Grassroots Fund, Nakia wrote and teaches an environmental justice curriculum at area Boston, MA high schools and serves on the board of the Dorchester Food COOP. In addition, she is the author of The Messiness of Life, an Anthology and the Everdeen Series.  Nakia received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Spanish from Winthrop University, a Certificate in Global Communications from the University of Salamanca, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Public Policy and Planning at Tufts University Rowen White/Director, Sierra Seeds Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City CA. She teaches creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities . She is the current Project Coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is a part of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. Her Seed Seva Educational program is a wholistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture , from practical hands on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of interconnected relations. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at www.sierraseeds.org. Ruby Olisemaka/Farmer, Food Justice Advicate Ruby Olisemeka is an independent educator/consultant focusing on socially transformative education; food justice and incorporating African and indigenous practices into farming and food & farming education. She began her farming career as an apprentice at Stone Barns (2011) and has since built numerous school and urban gardens in lower Westchester and Harlem. Ruby has over 10 years’ experience educating children and young adults, she has worked as an educator at Edible Schoolyard NYC, Harlem Grown and various public and private schools and institutions. "We who do this liberation work want to bring about a revolution in our lifetime; we have deemed, with sadness, the current national and international power structure not fit to ensure and promote the full expression of life.  I am part of a collective, a movement of people wanting to bring about a more just world. I am a farmer and teacher, a spiritualist and budding herbalist, an afro centrist and naturalist. My path as a farmer began with an apprenticeship at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in 2011.I've kept my hands in the soil ever since, building urban, suburban and periurban gardens in lower Westchester and Harlem.  I teach (in classrooms, gardens, spaces where people can gather) children and adults how to do the work I do on land.  A farmer can rarely escape the intersections of poverty, politics, food access or justice when farming sustainably. I am an activist working to dismantle the food and health related injustices Africans and people of African descent endure."- RO Amani Olugbala Amani Olugbala is the farm and food justice educator at Soul Fire Farm, Grafton NY, dedicated to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Amani's is a gifttoryteller who weaves music, film, speech and poem into art that highlights social injustice, honors the ancestors and demands for change. This, in an effort to uplift the spirits of the marginalized and promote love and service as necessary acts of rebellion against isolation and disconnection. An artist, farmer, educator and community organizer Amani uses artistic expression, urban agriculture and social awareness to impact change and foster a sense of empathy and inter-being in urban-rural communities.  Sara Jolens Wolcott, M.Div. Sara Jolena Sequoia Wolcott, M.Div, is the Founding Director of Sequoia Samanvaya, LLC, an eco-theology education and consulting company connecting the disconnected. (www.sequoiasamanvaya.com).  Sequoia Samanvaya LLC specializes in spiritually designed, community-building online courses that connect colonization and health/ecological crises such as climate change and sugar. She is a minister, healer, writer/artist and entrepreneur.  Sequoia Samanvaya LLC arose from over a decade of Wolcott's search for the root causes of systemic injustices such as climate change.  Her quest has led her to such varied experiences as co-leading international programs at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in England; working on an organic farm; living as a singer/musician in India, and studying eco-theology at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York at Columbia University.  For over 17 years, she has practiced 1-1 healing work in what she currently calls Sacred Bodywork. A valued international speaker, she has spoken in over 7 countries and 9 U.S. states.  She regularly returns to her northern Californian birthplace on Ohlone territories. She currently lives in the Bronx, NY, in the historical homeland of the Lenape/Siwanoy peoples.  When not running a start-up, hosting dinners for her community or working on her book, she enjoys painting, horseback riding, and cloud watching. Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti/Director, Sustainable Livelihood Institute  Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti has been involved with the creation of networks of consumers, activists, farmers and enthusiasts around Sustainable Farming and Local Economy since 1998. In South India, it is estimated that 60-70 percent of the farmers are women. Has trained rural marginalized community leaders to mobilize themselves, adopt sustainable agriculture practices and become a market force since 2005. As consultant for the Government’s women in sustainable agriculture program, he has designed, through participatory processes, district level sustainable agriculture projects with women farmers for 6 districts in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu which has impacted over 5000 farming families. Has designed the system for managing the various components of the eco- system for the implementation of these programmes as well. Since launching of the Sustainable Livelihood Institute, he has designed and coordinated the training of over 2000 rural women leaders in sustainable agriculture practices. He is currently working with initiatives in 3 states of India on implementing sustainable agriculture practices, including with Dalit women leaders and indigenous (tribal/Adivasi) communities.  His visit with the eco-theology company, Sequoia Samanvaya LLC, is his first entry into the United States. He hopes that what he has learned from these marginalized, collective communities in India may be of benefit to farmers and others in the USA.  He considers himself first and foremost a storyteller and a student of village communities in India. Performance Artist & Healers Biographies: Kelvin Young Kelvin Young is the Director of Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited, Holistic Stress Management Instructor, and Sound Alchemist.  As a recognized leader in the addiction recovery movement and throughout the holistic healing community, Kelvin’s powerful healing journey began while he was in prison, where he found inner peace, self-realization, and love through meditation, yoga, and the expressive arts.  Bringing his story of personal transformation into the community, Kelvin has shared his story with thousands of individuals in or seeking recovery.  In 2014 Kelvin became the Director of Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited - a center for holistic healing and stress management in Hartford, Connecticut. Kelvin continues to share his story of healing from within as a passionate public speaker, and he is known for his warm, loving, and down-to-earth way of connecting with people. Ed Cleveland Ed Cleveland is a Reiki and Sound Teacher, Neuroacoustical Practitioner combining indigenous sound instruments. Combining with Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuromusicology, and Psychophysiology.  Acoustic Designer of Soundscapes using the high, low, ascending, descending pitch, intervals, and inversion, thick, and thin in harmony with crescendo, or diminuendo’s to open the imagination and intellect.  Questions?  Please feel free to contact Michelle L. Bicking at [email protected] at any time.