It's Complicated: A Student Forum on How Universities Help and Hinder Activism

Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center. Cosponsored by ASUO, Black Law Students Association, Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, OUTlaws, PeaceJam Northwest, Undergraduate Legal Studies, and the ASUO Women's Center.


February 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm


February 8, 2017 - 6:00 pm


Redwood Auditorium in Erb Memorial Union   View map

Listen to a panel of student activists and professors, then join the discussion.

Snacks provided!



lexiLexi Bergeron is a psychology major with a minor in women’s and gender studies. Bergeron has served as the academic residential community assistant for the LGBTQIA+ Scholars for the past two years where she collaborates with the Office of the Dean of Students and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department to support first-year students. She was one of the first transgender women to join Fraternity and Sorority Life at University of Oregon. Recently, Bergeron was honored for her service to the LGBT community and received a Dean of Students award for outstanding community service.


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Isabel Courtelis is a third year undergraduate and majors in Ethnic Studies and Education. She is the volunteer coordinator at the ASUO Women’s Center, a research assistant for Legal Studies, and part of Dis/Oriented Film Collective.





Head ShotAlexandro Fierro-Stephens is a senior majoring in ethnic studies and public policy planning and management. He is a codirector of the Multicultural Center and a peer advisor at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence. His interests include the Black Lives Matter movement, public policy, and advising/mentoring.




d_hosangDaniel Martinez HoSang is a associate professor of ethnic studies and political science and department head in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Before graduate school, Dan worked as a community and union organizer and trainer in California for 10 years, which included experiences working with labor unions in Connecticut, Denver, and San Jose, California, and worked as a youth and community organizer in Oakland for ten years. HoSang’s research and teaching focuses on racial politics, reproductive justice, direct democracy, and social movements. HoSang also collaborates with community and social justice organizations in Oregon, Washington, and California, especially around issues of immigration, voting and elections, and issue framing.


Perla AlvarezPerla Alvarez Lucio is a first-generation Xicana studying ethnic studies with minors in Spanish and planning, public policy and management. Perla found her passion in community organizing, social justice, reproductive justice, youth involvement and activism through her involvement in organizations like the Multnomah Youth Commission, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Momentum Alliance. At the UO, Lucio codirects the Multicultural Center and is involved in Movimiento Estudiantil Xicanx de Aztlan (MEChA), Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER), Oregon Student Association (OSA), Oregon Students of Color Coalition (OSCC) and the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO). During her time serving these organizations she has fundraised, planned events, led efforts in cultural competency for students, lobbied legislators, led workshops, organized conferences, and engaged with administrators and faculty to promote equity and inclusion.


cj pascoeCJ Pascoe is an associate professor in the UO Sociology Department, where she teaches courses on sexuality, masculinity, social psychology, and gender. She attended her first anti-prison protest at age 10, when she rode her bike to a rally and she hasn’t stopped engaging in activism since. Her high school engagement with reproductive rights led to college activism around sexual assault. In recent years, CJ has used her research on masculinity and homophobia to inform her activism, whether it’s serving on Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation,  Truechild’s Board of Experts, advising activist organizations like the Gay/Straight Alliance Network, blogging and giving public lectures. She is a firm believer that empirical research is an important component of creating a more just and equitable world.


Jen-Reynolds-head-shotJennifer Reynolds is an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Law.  Her current research interests center on activist methods and alternative processes, and whether and how law schools can meaningfully support community activism.  Reynolds teaches civil procedure, conflicts of law, negotiation, and mediation. In addition to activism, she studies dispute systems design, problem-solving in multiparty scenarios, and cultural influences and implications of alternative processes.  She serves as the faculty director of the nationally ranked, award-winning Oregon ADR Center, and is the co-chair of the Legal Education Policy Committee for the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution.  Before law school, Reynolds worked as a systems analyst and associate director for information technology at the University of Texas at Austin.