The Agenda and How Sessions Work

Keep scrolling down to view “The Wall” and see how we build up the agenda together.

Scroll down for Hotel info.

Friday – March 6th

  • 5:00-8:00pm – Registration and Panel Discussion
    • 5:00-6:00pm – Registration, Mixing, and Mingling
    • 6:00-8:00pm – Panel Discussion – “Race and Nationalism”
  • 9:00-Until – RootsCampLA After Dark  – We will be #SocializingForSolidarity! So be prepared to “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” with the RootsCampLA family.  Location: TBD.

Saturday – March 7th

8:30-9:00am – Registration, Coffee, and Conversation

9:00-9:30am – Opening Session

9:30-10:00am – Building The Wall (aka The Agenda)

10:00-10:55pm – Session Block 1  (Session 1 time block has specific, pre-determined “Seed Sessions.”  The rest of the session blocks are decided by attendees when we Build the Wall after Opening Session at 9:30am.)

  • Seed Session #1: Sex and Gender, details TBA
  • Seed Session #2: Healthcare, details TBA
  • Seed Session #3: Environment, details TBA
  • Seed Session #4: SU Law Center’s Louis A. Berry Civil Rights and Justice Institute will present on various topics including mass incarceration, slavery, human rights and more.

11:00-11:25pmDetermined by YOU as an attendee. Session Block 2 (Please notice these are four, half an hour breakout sessions.  Again, this is not a full hour. Some people only need half an hour for stuff. If you need more time, do not use this time block for your session – smile).

11:30-1:55pm – LUNCH PANEL DISCUSSION: “Voter’s Rights and Redistricting”

  • Panel Moderator – Details forthcoming
  • Panelists:
    • Details forthcoming
    • Details forthcoming
    • Details forthcoming

2:00-2:55pmDetermined by YOU as attendees.

  • Session Block 3 (One hour time block, four breakout rooms)
  • Bonus: Self-care and Wellness for Community Activists – Facilitated by More and More I Am Yoga Studio (One hour)

3:00-3:55pmDetermined by YOU as attendees.

  • Session Block 4 (One hour time block, four breakout rooms)
  • Bonus: Self-care and Wellness for Community Activists – Facilitated by More and More I Am Yoga Studio (One hour)

4:00-4:55pm – Session Block 5 – Determined by YOU as attendees. (One hour time block, five breakout rooms)

5:00-5:55pm – Session Block 6 Determined by YOU as attendees. (One hour time block, five breakout rooms)

HOTEL INFO: Courtyard Marriott Downtown 260 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801. The courtesy room block will have the rate of $109/night for Standard room. An option of $119 room rate with breakfast included. The group will have a discounted valet parking at $12/car overnight.  Ask for Von Iyengar.


What is the Wall?

The Wall is how we build the agenda together based on the blocks of time you see above.

It’s what gives RootsCampLA it’s unconference style! Instead of having entirely pre-determined breakout session topics, most of our breakout spaces are left open so that people who are in the room can decide what topic to fill it with.

At RootsCampLA everyone leads a session.

Ok, not everyone has to present. But we are counting on you to drive the conversation and be an active participant. RootsCampLAs are most successful when there are a variety of discussions, demonstrations, brainstorms and case studies. To help you start thinking of ideas for a session you’d like to lead or a discussion you want to be a part of, ask yourself a couple of questions:

  • I would really like to know…
  • How do I /build/create ….?
  • How did that campaign work? What was successful? What should we never try again?
  • I have an idea about a campaign on….
  • I want to chat with someone about…

When you have some ideas on your topic, then you should think about how you can make your session a great session for others to attend. A great session engages everyone in the room and doesn’t necessarily rely on PowerPoints or panels. A good session talks about specific innovations, challenges, technology and strategy, but also keeps the big picture in mind. A good session never blames or accuses, but identifies ways to improve and advance in the future.

Below is a preview of what The Wall will look like (ours will be a bit smaller but definitely looks like this).

setting up sunday