Students tackle issues with public demonstrations, Thurs., March 10

CMST
On Thurs., March 10, students from the Communications Studies program will hold public demonstrations in the PUB in an effort to bring critical awareness to social justice issues. Students from CMST 101 and 203 (Intro. to Communications and Communication for Social Change) will present public demonstration performances on Homelessness, the Election, and Gender Neutral Restrooms. Please tell your students about these demonstrations, and take a few moments yourself to observe these performances in the PUB main areas.

9:30 a.m. “Homeless in Seattle” 
Students will create a performative public demonstration on homelessness in Seattle. In this performance, students will challenge some of the dominant stereotypes about homelessness in Seattle and across the nation. We will also be gathering donations for the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter.

10:30 a.m. “What the heck’s a delegate? And the Election beyond”
In this performance, students have divided into four groups (Trump Fanatics, Hill’s Women, Bern Hipsters, and Electoral College news reporters). Through humor and satire, each group will criticize the election spectacle and point out our lack of knowledge in the mysterious election process.

12:30 p.m. “The Gender Neutral Bathroom Museum”
In this public demonstration, students will take over the men’s restroom on the second floor of the PUB and turn it into a bathroom museum. Museum tours are curated and attendees will learn about the history of bathrooms, stereotypical fears about gender neutral bathrooms and information that dispels these fears, options for more inclusive bathrooms, and exit interviews with attendees. Recruiters with tickets will be in the PUB. 

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