Press Release

SAVE THE DATE: Student Voice to Host Summit on Student Activism at SXSW EDU

Austin, TX — Student Voice will host a summit on student activism at this year’s SXSW EDU on Wednesday, March 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Austin Convention Center, Room 9C.

The summit, The United States of Student Civic Engagement, will feature nine high school and college-aged students from across the country in a panel and keynote settings. The speakers will share about their experiences with activism and advocacy in their respective local communities.

Student Voice, the national convener of the student movement, will engage attendees by learning how adults and students can co-create change while standing as partners against school inequity. Tools such as technology, grassroots movements, and an aggregation of student networks allow for student civic engagement to transcend from an idea into a unifying and increasingly embedded culture in the United States.

Student Voice event coordinator Maddie Darveau knows the power of aggregating young changemakers.

“This event brings together powerful student leaders who are making waves in their communities for educational change into one space. We’re hoping to inspire other students to take action and help educators create powerful action steps to take back to their students and communities.”

Students across the nation are taking action. From running nonprofits, to organizing nationwide campaigns, to compounding conversations to influencing policy, students are finding uniques ways to be civically engaged.

It seems that in the history of the United States--and in the world-- when problems fester through generations, students are the ones who declare, “enough,” and take things into their own hands. It is this historical phenomenon of student civic engagement that this summit will explore and elucidate, using the students currently a part of and leading that change in America.

To learn more about the session and the diverse speakers at the summit on The United States of Student Civic Engagement, view our SXSW schedule online here.

About Student Voice

Student Voice is the nation’s largest by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization inspired by the premise that education should work for all students. We believe that every student deserves quality civic education—and a direct platform to impact decisions that affect their lives. Through action-based civics programs, Student Voice leads and strengthens the movement of young people taking action on issues that most impact their education. For more information about Student Voice and joining the student voice movement, visit our website at StuVoice.org and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.