WOYP 2018

Featured Speakers

Sarah Van Gelder
2 p.m. Wick Student Center Social Hall

Sarah van Gelder is a founder of a new nonprofit start-up, PeoplesHub, which offers live, online training to local groups around the country who want to make change where they live. Sarah is also YES! Magazine Co-Founder and Columnist, a public speaker, and the author of the new book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America (Berrett Koehler, 2017). She also edited Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference, and This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99 Percent Movement (both with Berrett Koehler).

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The Buffalo News' Scot Scanlon interviewed Sarah van Gelder for an article published on 10/1. Check it out below:

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Jacqui Patterson
NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
9:15 a.m. Wick Student Center Social Hall

Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women's rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women's Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women's rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS. Previously, she served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies.

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Friday Evening Panel Discussion: The Revolution Where You Live, Buffalo and Niagara Frontier's Story


  • Dennice Barr - Representing food & land trusts in the city
  • Deidra M. EmEl - WNY Peace Center
  • Rahwa Ghirmatzion - Executive Director – PUSH-Buffalo
  • Lynda Schneekloth - Professor Emeritus Department of Architecture, University at Buffalo, and Sierra Club Niagara Group
  • Agnes Williams - Indigenous Women’s Initiatives
  • Alexander Wright - African Heritage Food Co-Op, representing Urban Farms

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Musical Entertainment

Kevin Doyle and Sol Y Sombra Quartet
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Wick Student Center Social Hall

Kevin and Sol Y Sombra, return again this year to delight us with their music. They were formerly known as the Latin Jazz Project and have strived to express a wide range of musical styles representing the musical heritage of multiple ethnicities embodied in the complexity of American life. Sol Y Sombra have expertise in a wide range of styles, including salsa típica, and “jibaro”, traditional music genres of Cuba and Puerto Rico, respectively. Kevin Doyle is pianist & arranger while WNY’s top jazz artists fill out the group’s roster. They have made noteworthy appearances throughout WNY at such places as Shea’s, Jazz In The Park, M&T Plaza Music Series, Elmwood Village Concert Series, and Lewiston Jazz Festival.

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Sol Y Sombra has become a Western New York standard-bearer for Latin jazz. They have expertise in a wide range of styles, including salsa típica, and “jibaro”, traditional music genres of Cuba and Puerto Rico, respectively. Sarah Haykel, a Young Audiences teaching artist in her own right, provides dance instruction at many of their performances.

2018 Conference Workshop Info

  1. Workshop Event Schedule

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  2. Workshop Descriptions

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  3. Presenter Contacts

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2018 Conference Exhibitors

  1. Vendors

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What Our Attendees Think

Question: How has WOYP (current or past) impacted your life?

Learned new ideas/information (21 people had this response)
Thought provoking
“All ways”
Made me look at personal biases
Has exposed me to a wide diversity of issues - especially social justice issues
Gave me much to learn
Learned how to live better

Energized our own commitment and actions (10 responses)
Inspiration to keep working locally on key issues
Up lifting to know that I am not alone - somebody is working on things I cherish
Have taken additional social action steps
Inspired to share info

It has given me new insights and perspectives important for humanity and our environment (8 responses)
Made me aware of how connected all of our struggles are
More aware of protecting the environment
More awareness of local social issues and struggles
Learned the wider impacts of food and food policies on communities
Have an increased awareness of food security

Food/diet practices (7 responses)
Learned new recipes and food prep practices
Want to go 100% vegan now
Inspired to purchase local produce while in season and preserve for future use
Increased use of ‘homemade’ foods
Have changed my diet,
Added green smoothies

Great networking (6 responses)
Inspiration to reach out to others
Exchange of views & thoughts with like minded others
Felt welcome, met like minded people