Mon, Jan 11, 2021

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Event Title: A Call to College Students: Political and Community Engagement: A Call to Action!
Organization: Break Term

Activist and Duke University student Victoria Pannell will offer a rousing call to Gettysburg College students on the need to become politically involved. Pannell is a 21-year-old activist from Harlem, New York. She has become nationally known for her work in fighting child sex trafficking and advocacy against gun violence. She also served as a Youth Ambassador for the Women’s March, helping facilitate marches all over the country advocating for women’s rights and social change.

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Victoria Pannell

Activist, Speaker, & Strategist

Victoria Pannell is a 21-year-old activist and speaker from Harlem, New York. Pannell has become nationally known for her work in fighting child sex trafficking and advocacy against gun violence and social injustice.  

Pannell’s activist spirit and compassion for others developed very early. By the age of 10, she was speaking publicly on topics ranging from mental health services for children to the devastating effects on the family structure from absentee fathers.   

 From 2012 to 2015, Pannell served as Northeast Regional Director of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Youth Movement. In April 2016, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer appointed Pannell, at the age of 16, to NYC Community Board 10. She was later appointed to Chairperson of Community Board 10 Youth Task Force. In July of 2016, Pannell did a TED Talk in San Diego focusing on the atrocities of human trafficking. Pannell also served as a Youth Ambassador for the Women’s March, helping facilitate marches all over the country advocating for women’s rights and social change. She was presented with the Phenomenal Woman Award by the New York Branch of the NAACP. 

Victoria has been featured by NowThis, Eyewitness News, MSNBC, and Spectrum News New York. Because of her advocacy to save postal jobs, fighting Backpage.com to stop its online adult ads featuring children, serving as an Emmett Till Youth Ambassador and winning Essence Fest first hack-a-thon, sponsored by rock star Prince Roger Nelson, she has been highlighted by several major publications, including Crain’s New York Business 20 Under 20, Essence, The Root, Teen Vogue, and The Daily News. 

Having started in entertainment as a baby model, Pannell has been a member of SAG-Aftra Union for the past 16 years and serves on the Union’s Young Performers Committee. She continues her advocacy as a member of Gathering For Justice, an organization founded by Harry Belafonte.  

Pannell feels the only way change will happen for improvised young people is by giving them tools that will have a positive impact on their future. She is currently an undergraduate student at Duke University.

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Dr. Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams

Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Gettysburg College

Dr. Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, native of Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago, is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies, and a faculty affiliate in Education, Globalization Studies, and Public Policy. He currently serves as the College’s Director of Peace and Justice Studies.  Prof. Williams teaches classes on human rights; post colonialism; race, gender and identity; education for social change; Caribbean studies; globalization.



He completed his B.A. (Honors) in Psychology at St. Francis College, Brooklyn; a Master of Education in Comparative and International Education with a concentration in philosophy of education, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education in International Educational Development, with a concentration in peace education, at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research centers on school/structural violence, educational inequities, and youth and community empowerment.



He is the recipient of the Early Career Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University (2019), the inaugural Emerging Scholars Award from the African Diaspora SIG of the Comparative and International Education Society (2017), and the Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Award for Excellence in Teaching from Gettysburg College (2013).



Prof. Williams was a Visiting Scholar (15-16) at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, & Complexity (AC4), Earth Institute (Columbia University) and during the summer of 2017 at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where he taught a week long class for high school students on human rights. Prof. Williams is an Associate Editor of the academic journal Anthropology and Education Quarterly, serves on the Editorial boards of InFactisPax, and the International Journal of Human Rights Education, and reviews for several other academic journals.  He is the founder of the Global Working Group on Decolonial Human Rights and Peace Education. He travels the world conducting restorative circles, workshops on peer mediation /conflict resolution and leadership development with parents, youth, teachers, political leaders, and varied NGOs.  Prof. Williams is also a theater actor.  He is currently working on a book manuscript:



"An Educational Neocolonial Warp and Douen Liberation"



See his personal website for more information: www.hakimwilliams.com

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Jenna Thoretz

President

Peace and Justice Student Council

Jenna Thoretz ’21 is a senior Political Science and Public Policy dual major with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. She is passionate about gender justice and hopes to work in the field of policy advocacy post-graduation to help build a more just world. 

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Owen Keenan

Co-Vice President

Peace and Justice Student Council

Owen Keenan ’21 is a senior Political Science and Public Policy dual major with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. He is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and hopes to work in government after he graduates. 

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Brynn Griffith

Co-Vice President

Peace and Justice Student Council

Brynn Griffith ’21 (she/her) is a senior Health Sciences major and Peace and Justice Studies minor. Her main interests are in public health and social justice within our healthcare system. 

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