At the beginning and ending of each of our Institute Seminars, we will offer participants a chance to open and close the session with a message to their peers:
Unmuted - The first voice during each seminar will be our Umuted Speaker. Interested participants should prepare a 1-3 minute message they want to share. These can come in different types of forms - speeches, songs, poems, reflections - your creativity and passion can drive what you wish to share. This Institute is a platform for YOUR voice, and Unmuted is an opportunity to share with everyone.
Initiative Spotlight - As you begin to implement your initiatives in your communities, we want to highlight the work you are doing to all of our participants. You'll have 3-5 minutes to give us an update on your progress, and then we'll take 2-3 questions from fellow participants to provide feedback.
Challenge - The final voice during each seminar will be our Challenge Speaker. Interested participants should prepare a 1-3 minute message that includes a specific "challenge" to their peers. These challenges should be simple, small, and outside of the work we're already doing in the Institute (ex: write a letter or message to a former teacher thanking them, sign a certain petition, offer support to an elderly neighbor, etc.)