Writing for Justice: A Dialogue and Lunch with Marlon Peterson

March 29, 2017 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm


Columbia School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., New York 10027

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED; livestream available (opens ten minutes beforehand).

1.5 CEUs available for licensed social workers (in-person and livestream; nominal fee—scroll down for more info)

Compelling advocacy writing is an essential first step toward making change in the world. Learn how to fuse storytelling with strong messaging to boost the effectiveness of your advocacy writing in this Q&A session with Marlon Peterson, an international social and criminal justice advocate, writer, organizational trainer, and educator, who regularly shares his own compelling story as a formerly incarcerated person.

About the speaker

Marlon Peterson is a formerly incarcerated Black writer, lecturer and the founder of The Precedential Group, a social justice consulting firm. He has been a Soros Justice Fellow and Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential and inspiring leaders in the Black community. Peterson also serves as board chair of Families For Freedom and board member of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. Besides Ebony, his writings have appeared in Gawker.com, The Nation, The Crime Report, Black Press USA, Huff Post, and other online publications. His first TED Talk and new podcast, Decarcerated, are slated for release in 2017. He is currently working on his first book, a memoir.


How to earn continuing education credits:

Are you a NYS-, NJ- or CT-licensed social worker? If so, you are eligible to earn 1.5 contact hours for this event. The way it works is that you must attend the event in person or via livestream. To receive the certificate, you must attend the entire event and fill in an evaluation, which will be sent to you a few days afterwards. The processing fee for this service is $30.Certificates will be emailed within 30 days of the workshop. CSSW is an approved NYSED provider for continuing education contact hours and a CSWE-accredited institution.

Licensed Social Workers for other states, please refer to your state licensing agency and email swope@columbia.edu.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify primary goals and platforms (such as op-ed, academic writing, social media and blogs) for public advocacy writing.
  2. Assess the strength of messaging with authentic voice for an advocacy initiative.
  3. Analyze storytelling strategies and platforms for public advocacy writing.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Fees will be refunded less a $5.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by the Office of Professional Excellence up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

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Interested in applying for an MSW?

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If you have any questions about the event, please contact swcommunications@columbia.edu.