Moment or Movement? Activism and Social Justice in the Digital Age

Mon, Mar 9, 2015 | 8:00 PM | Livingston Student Center, Livingston Hall

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The Tyler Clementi Center and its university partners–the Asian Student Council, the Departments of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Collective for Asian American Studies–are proud to present a wide-ranging and timely conversation about race, gender, digital media, and social justice. The evening’s program will include a keynote lecture by Professor Jeff Chang (Stanford University), which will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Sylvia Chan-Malik, featuring with Professor Brittney Cooper (Rutgers University) and four young activist leaders: Donna Auston, Daniel Hoddinott, Juliet Shen, and Vanessa Teck.



Jeff Chang is the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University and a specialist in culture, politics, the arts, and music. He is the author of two books: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation, which won the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award, and, most recently, Who We Be: The Colorization of America. Chang has been a USA Ford fellow in literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. The Utne Reader named him as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” He co-founded the magazine CultureStr/ke and the daily news site Colorlines. He has written for the Nation, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Foreign Policy, and Mother Jones, among many other publications.

Donna Auston is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Rutgers University. She is completing a dissertation examining the intersections of race and identity production among Muslims in the San Francisco Bay area. In addition to her academic work, she has been an activist and organizer for the American Muslim community for nearly 15 years. She has published articles on African-American and Latino Muslims, including her most recent book chapter “Color Me Invisible: The Hidden Legacy of African American Muslims,” which appears in The Black Experience in America (edited by Gayle T. Tate and Edward Ramsamy).

Sylvia Chan-Malik is an assistant professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her research examines the intersections of race, religion, gender, and sexuality through critical frameworks of American transnationalism and comparative ethnic studies, with a specific focus on the history of Islam in the United States. Her forthcoming book manuscript is entitled “A Part of Islam”: U.S. Muslim Women and the Question of Race.

Brittney Cooper is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is completing her first book project, Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition, 1892-Present. This study interrogates the manner in which public Black women have theorized racial identity and gender politics, and the methods they used to operationalize those theories for the uplift of Black communities. She is co-founder, along with Susana Morris of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a feminist of color scholar-activist group that runs a highly successful blog. She is a regular contributor on

Daniel Hoddinott is the programming chair for the Asian Student Council at Rutgers University. He also serves as the director of advocacy at ECAASU: East Coast Asian American Students Union and is involved with OCA: Asian Pacific American Advocates. He will be pursuing a master’s degree in higher education after graduating from Rutgers in May 2015.

Juliet Shen is a senior at the University at Albany, New York where she studies political science and sociology. She is the co-chair and co-founder of the Coalition of API Americans Collaborating Together to Unite the Southwest (CAACTUS) and a blogger at She has worked with New York Students Rising, ECAASU: East Coast Asian American Students Union, and the Japanese American Citizens League. Shen currently works as the social media coordinator for 18 Million Rising, a nonprofit geared towards promoting activism among Asian Americans.

Vanessa Teck, a daughter of Cambodian American refugees, is committed to creating more inclusive campus climates and rooting social justice in love and counter-storytelling. She co-founded Project Ava, a social justice multimedia storytelling company, and currently serves as its EVP of multimedia and outreach. A former co-chair for the Coalition of API Americans Collaborating Together to Unite the Southwest (CAACTUS), she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education at the University of Denver with a focus on facilitating retention and engagement through scholar activism and intersectionality, especially for students from refugee families and for women of color.


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