According to the participants of the Activism in a New Era conference, activism is not just about protests — it’s a lifestyle.
Co-hosted by the Campus Y and Black Congress, the conference on Sunday discussed the history and future of activism for oppressed groups.
Nagwa Nukuna, the co-director of development at the Campus Y and an organizer of the event, said the main goal of the conference was to reinforce the importance of activism after Trump’s election.
“We just wanted to have a mini conference/discussion around activism post-Trump because we saw a huge demoralization after Trump was elected — people were tired and people were burnt out and didn’t know what to do,” she said. “And there was also this rhetoric of like, 'You have to be an activist in this particular way, and if you don’t go to protests and if you don’t show up at the Y, you’re not a good person, you’re not doing stuff for the movement.'”
The main themes of the conference included empathy, recognizing privilege and oppression, finding your personal role as an activist and intersectionality. Participants discussed critiques within movements such as feminism and Black Lives Matter for their lack of focus on intersecting inequalities.