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Campus Progress National Conference 2009

Posted by laurelgerard on July 16, 2009

This past Wednesday, July 8th 2009, I had the privilege of  attending the Campus Progress National Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC. The considerably lavish event was a compilation of speeches and workshops. Along with receiving stylish t-shirts, tote bags, and key chains, attendees got to listen to a great selection of speakers and hear from a variety of panelists.

I attended a panel discussion in the morning entitled “Labor Rights: How can we secure fair working conditions for everyone?” This discussions focused mainly around the importance of unions, as unions protect the interests of their working members. After a panel discussion the attendees broke into groups with a moderator to discuss ideas on how to encourage people to form and join unions.

There were three sessions throughout the day held in the main ballroom where a great number of speakers spoke about difference topics. Some of the most exhilarating speakers of the day included two spoken word artists: Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and Staceyann Chin; the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Van Jones; Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; “Daily Show” Correspondent, John Oliver; Speakers of the House, Nancy Pelosi; and former President, Bill Clinton. 

This was a wonderfully organized and performed event. The speaker line up was fantastic and the discussions were informative and interactive. I had a wonderful time and hope to attend the event next year.

 

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