Dispatch 42: Saybrook U's Spring 2018 Residential Conference Overview

Note: We will be tracking several events during this year's Saybrook University Spring 2018 Residential Conference. For those in attendance, feel free to use #SaybrookURC on LinkedIN, Twitter and Facebook.


Every semester brings with it a new residential conference experience, flush with new learning opportunities and fellowship among students, faculty, staff, and guests. 

The experience is one that I relish given that this is our time to really delve into the transformative work of graduate education in which we grapple with ideas, envision new ways of being in the world, and engage in dialog about leveraging scholarship for the purpose of advancing positive social change that helps facilitate the changing of lives - individuals, organizations, and communities. 

We begin pre-conference activities this evening with faculty meetings, followed by welcoming 90+ new graduate students from around the country and world tomorrow and Friday. Starting Saturday,  official residential conference events commence in which  the entire community comes together for classes, symposia, and university-wide events. There is so much going on, so much to sample, that those attending leave inspired and ready to do more in terms of research the work needing done in their communities. 

Saybrook U Social Change Artist in Residence Randy Bacon, Springfield, Missouri

Saybrook U Social Change Artist in Residence Randy Bacon, Springfield, Missouri

Included in our outstanding array of programming, we will have California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta teaching one of the sessions on Saturday, January 20, 2018. His story of social change from his childhood to his time in California politics will be sure to inspire. And then there's Randy Bacon, our first Social Change Artist in Residence. Randy will actually be bringing his whole gallery from Springfield, Missouri, to Monterey, California. Titled "The Road I Call Home", the exhibit calls attention to very real human stories around homelessness and the daily struggles of people just trying to make it in rural America and beyond. 

California Assemblymember, Rob Bonta, Oakland-Alameda, California

California Assemblymember, Rob Bonta, Oakland-Alameda, California

I want to personally thank all of our staff for the hard work in putting this event together as well as our enrollment management team for their incredible determination; our outstanding faculty who - in addition to the hard work of admissions - prepare vital classes and presentations for our students; for our guests including California Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Randy Bacon; and for our students who make Saybrook University what it is today and who we are today. 

See you soon!