Invitation to What You Do Matters: A Leadership Summit on Hate Speech, Propaganda, and Civic Engagement

This summer, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a groundbreaking new program for college leaders--a summit on hate speech, propaganda, and civic engagement. We hope that you will encourage your network of students to apply for what promises to be an exciting and meaningful experience. A description and application are below.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host What You Do Matters:  A Leadership Summit on Propaganda, Hate Speech, and Civic Engagement, exploring critical issues such as:

  • The Museum's special exhibition  State of Deception:  The Power of Nazi Propaganda
  • What makes us vulnerable today
  • The challenges and power of the First Amendment
  • Media literacy in today's age of information overload
  • Overcoming indifference and empowering citizen response
  • Working together for change

The summit will include opportunities to:

  • Experience the Museum's rich collection, powerful exhibitions, and platform for meaningful dialogue
  • Build a relationship with the Museum and gain support from our institution
  • Meet and learn from noteworthy speakers, scholars, and educators
  • Hear perspective from student leaders who have taken creative steps to respond to hate in their communities
  • Participate in breakout sessions with other student leaders from across the nation
  • Connect with peers and build coalitions to take action on issues you care about

Who you will hear from (among others):

  • Bill Adair, editor of Politifact and Washington Bureau Chief of the St. Petersburg Times
  • Carl Wilkens, the sole American aid worker remaining in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide
  • Bob Behr, Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer
  • Amy Lazarus, Executive Director, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network
  • Charles C. Haynes, Director, Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum in Washington, DC
  • Renee Hobbs, Professor of Communication, School of Communications and Theater, Temple University and founder of the Media Education Lab
  • A panel of student leaders who have worked with others to respond to contemporary issues


We invite you to apply to attend, make your voice heard, engage with your peers, and build a network to overcome indifference, build bridges, and move to meaningful action.

We will accept 50-100 students to participate, based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience on your university campus or in your community
  • Interest and ability to take action in the next year
  • Passion and interest for the topics of the summit (hate speech, propaganda, and civic engagement)
  • Current undergraduate university student


Due to the volume of interest in this groundbreaking new program for college leaders,  the application deadline has been extended until Sunday, June 12.   

You will be notified by Thursday, June 16. 

This summit has been planned in cooperation with the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum and the Media Education Lab of Temple University.

This summit has been made possible by the generous support of The Marcus Foundation.

Click here for online application