From Tragedy to Advocacy

From Tragedy to Advocacy highlights the personal stories of regular people who suffered a personal crisis that played out on a national media stage. Those participating in this panel discussion will share the emotional toll of living through a devastating situation and how they mustered the strength to deal with the media spotlight and ultimately affect change around the country.

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., in the Stetson Room, upstairs in the CUB. This event is free and open to the public.

Jane Clementi, mother of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi. Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after being outed by his roommate.

Pamela and Gerald Champion, parents of FAMU drum major Robert Champion, who was beaten to death during a hazing ritual on the FAMU band’s bus after a football game in Orlando.

Demetrice Naulings, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Through shock and grief, Naulings spoke out to honor his best friend, Eddie Justice, who died in the attack.

James Jones, a Sanford father who was initially vilified in the national media after he boarded his daughter’s school bus to confront her bullies. The incident was captured on the school bus’ surveillance camera and video was released to media.    

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Michael McFarland, professor of Communication and Media Studies at Stetson University, and Ryan Julison, an Orlando-based public relations executive.