WIPCS hosted a spring virtual event for students, The Transformative Power of Student-Activists: Challenges and Consequences of Students Creating Change, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6:30-8:00 p.m. UW-Stout was the host campus. The keynote speaker was Dr. David Ragland. UW-Stout students responded in a student panel. WIPCS also presented the Marquette University Black Student Union 2020 Summer Work Group with an award for activism.

Dr. David Ragland is one of the co-founders and co-executive director of the Truth Telling Project and the director of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign. David is a writer, scholar and activist. David recently published a series on reparations in Yes Magazine. He most recently taught at Pacifica Graduate Institute. David cofounded the Truth Telling Project so that marginalized voices could be heard and move society to lay a groundwork for healing, reconciliation and social transformation. Georgetown University’s Advocacy lab included Dr. Ragland’s research as part of the “most important research on advocacy” in the last forty years. David was recently inducted into Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College. In the past, David served as the Senior Bayard Rustin Fellow at Fellowship of Reconciliation, board member for the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the United Nations representative for the International Peace Research Association.