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What is the Activist-in-Residence Program?

The WGS Center for Social Justice’s Activist-in-Residence Program brings social justice activists to campus to interact directly with students. The activists come from a variety of social justice backgrounds and travel to Norman from around the world. Once on campus activists hold workshops, lead discussion groups, teach classes, screen films, assist in planning projects and campaigns, and are available to students for informal conversations. The WGS Center for Social Justice believes the personal contact and hands-on approach of the AiR Program truly benefits students and works toward our mission of inspiring students to become involved in social justice activism. The residency program covers the AIR's travel expenses and includes an honorarium. 

Introducing the WGS CSJ 2020 Activist in Residence, Chris Yepez, a.k.a. Sacramento Knoxx.


Yepez is is an Ojibwe/Anishinaabe & Xicano rapper, emcee, music producer, film maker, digital media artist, and community organizer who specializes in youth development. With 7 years of foundation in Latin jazz, swing, funk, blues, and indigenous music, Knoxx has brought a hybrid-blend of performances that engage audiences through digital media arts and hip hop across America and globally through digital media sources. As the child of a father from Walpole Island First Nation and a mother from Mexico, Knoxx credits hip-hop with allowing him to create an identity when he felt "[not] Mexican enough for the Mexican kids”...[or] native enough for the native kids". His work and activism is focused on drawing attention to both the historic and contemporary experiences of Native American and Chicanx populations in Detroit, particularly the ongoing gentrification of the city.

 

Call for Nominations
Spring 2020 Activist-in-Residence

Nominations for Spring 2020 are now closed. The deadline for Activist-in-Residence submissions for Spring 2021 will be posted at a later date.

To be considered, the Activist-in-Residence nominee must:

  • Not be a current OU student, faculty or staff member
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be available to temporarily join the OU community, dedicating working time to the residency for approximately one week (residency may be divided over the course of a month)
  • Be willing and able to engage in hands-on, personal contact with OU students
  • Demonstrate a documented commitment to working for social change and justice in the community

To be considered, the Activist-in-Residence nominee must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be available to temporarily join the OU comminity, dedicating working time to the residency for approximately one week (residency may be divided over the course of a month)
  • Be willing and able to engage in hands-on, personal contact with OU students
  • Demonstrate a documented committment to working for social change and justice in the community
  • Not be a current OU student, faculty, or staff member

Preference will be given to nominees who are able to engage in some of the following activities:

  • Hold interactive workshops
  • Lead reading/discussion groups
  • Teach and/or visit classes
  • Host community meetings
  • Screen films and lead discussions
  • Assist in planning projects and campaigns of interest to the OU community 
  • Be available to students for informal conversations through office hours, brown-bag lunches, and general presence on campus 
  • Organize activist training sessions for students