Justice Conference

Joining Together: Sparking Change

Saturday, March 26, 2022
Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA 02540
Cost: $10 per student (lunch included)

Falmouth Academy Students for Social Justice invite regional educators and students grades 7 through 12 to participate in important social and environmental conversations that will shape our communities in the future.

Our hope is to create a vibrant community learning experience about social and environmental justice issues. Our theme, Joining Together: Sparking Change reflects our desire to bring school communities together to share, learn, and inspire one another to create positive contributions to climate and social justice efforts.

In addition to the inspiring keynote address by Derick Lugo, author of The Unlikely Thru-Hiker, students will be able to select from a wide variety of engaging workshops incorporating climate science, social justice works, photography, journalism, and policy and legislation - just to name a few! 

Click the link below to register.

Contact: Carol DiFalco
School Counselor and DEI Coordinator
Falmouth Academy

Keynote Speaker: Derick Lugo

Derick Lugo had never hiked or camped a day in his life. This Brooklyn-born, New York City urbanite hopped a train to Georgia, grabbed a taxi at the station, and told the cab driver to drop him off at the beginning of the Appalachian Trail. Then he did as he has always done — put one foot in front of the other and never looked back.

After hiking for more than 2,000 miles, he now feels invincible and plans to cross the Sahara barefoot. (Not really, but when an ambitious spirit is successful, it will strive for even greater accomplishments.)
The Unlikely Thru-Hiker is his debut memoir.

Schedule of the Day

9:00 - 9:30 Arrival and Registration 

9:30 - 9:45 Welcome Address and School Introductions 
10:00 -11:00 Keynote by Derick Lugo (Simon Center)

11:10 -12:00 Workshop I

12:00 - 12:45  Zero Waste Lunch

12:45 - 1:00 Musical Performance

1:00 - 1:50 Workshop II

2:00 - 2:50 Workshop III

3:00 - 3:40 Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe: Celebratory Performance 

3:45 Closing Remarks & Senior Recognition 

4:00 Departure


Amiti Bey, Co-Director, “Time Out of Joint”
Barbara Burgo, Cape Verdean Museum
Carol DiFalco
, Falmouth Academy DEI Coordinator
Megan English-Braga, Falmouth Board of Selectpersons
Dr. Petra Ehrenbrink, Falmouth Academy Academic Dean
Scott Fitzmaurice, CIGSYA
Cameron Greendeer, STEP Grant Manager, Wampanoag Tribe
Jacquelyn Hartman, DEI Officer, Falmouth
Sara Hines
, Eight Cousins Bookstore
Liz Klein, Falmouth Academy Science Chair
Talia Landry, Communications, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Amy Lilavois, MVRHS
Lillian Lomba, Zumba Instructor
Derrick Lugo, Keynote speaker, author of The Unlikely Thru-Hiker
Matt Malowski, MVRHS
Susan Moffat, Falmouth Academy Photography Teacher
Rae Nishi, Ph.D.  Senior Research and Education Scholar
Paula Peters, SmokeSygnals and Wampanoag Trading Post Gallery
Marney Rathbun '12, Falmouth Academy English Teacher
Calli Remillard, Falmouth Enterprise
Steve Rowland, Producer/Co-Director, “Time Out of Joint”
Britta Santamauro, Falmouth Academy Librarian
Onjalé Scott Price, Falmouth Board of Selectpersons
Tara Vargas, Amplify Cape Cod and Thrive
Greg Watson, Schumacher Center for a New Economics
Luke Xiang ‘23, Falmouth Academy Student

Workshops & Performances

List of 17 items.

FA Student Organizers

Mia Galvam ’22
Tarun Gonneea ’22
Abigail Neubert '22
Sarah Thieler '22
Daniela Carvajal '24
Sabrina Vazquez '24
Thalia O'Neil ’24

David Aubrey '26, Yaz Aubrey '25, Lili Connors '24, Evan Freedman '24, Lila Journalist '25, Charlotte Galvam '27 Taleena Gonneea '26, Bianca Greco '23,
Fiona Gully '24, Sophie Holmes '27, Declan Lane '25, Noah Manning ‘24, Natalie Packard '24, Robert Ronan '26, Lexi Todd-Weinstein '27, and Luke Xiang '23
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