Desmond Meade

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information.

Putting in the Work: A Journey of Second Chances

Desmond Meade will share his journey from homelessness to leadership of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. He will address felony disenfranchisement and the reshaping of criminal justice policies, including the largest expansion of voting rights in the U.S. in half a century. Both inspirational and aspirational, Meade will highlight the significance of giving back, human connections, and the power of love. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) and the CCC.

Gladys Washington

From Segregation to Social Justice: One Black Woman’s Lifelong Quest for Equity

Washington’s childhood was divided between the Virgin Islands and the segregated South, where her grandmother taught her to advocate unapologetically for herself and her community. Washington, Deputy Director of the Babcock Foundation, has carried lessons learned into a lifelong passion for fighting for social and economic justice.