Join the Conversation @ THe Mansion
Mar 7, 2023
The Mansion, 2312 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. Mixers and mocktails to kick things off, then presentations with time to connect with the speakers at the end. Follow us on IG @stashrunofficial and TikTok @stashrun - we'll be sharing content from the event.
Are you passionate about student activism at UT Austin? Then join us as we take over The Mansion, one of the coolest historical landmarks on your door step. Mix with UT’s impact driven student crowd, enjoy a few mocktails, and then settle in for a hard hitting, heart moving, student speaker series.
UT student leaders are representing their orgs, with the aim of talking to a larger crowd about the causes that matter to them. From #mentalhealth to #savetheplanet, you'll learn more about a bunch of important issues, and hear how students are taking action.
This event is a collab between Stashrun and the students of UT in the lead-up to SXSW (and just before Spring Break). For those who are new here, Stashrun is a student led tech startup. We're building a Gen Z community for activism, where giving is free!! In celebration of launching the newest feature on our BETA app, 'Conversations', we're supporting impact focused conversations on campus.
Special Guest Speaker (in addition to UT students)
Michael Harris AKA Big Mike
As a BLM advocate, LGBTQIA+ ally, and champion for mental health, Mike has generated more than 500 million views in one year, and has a following of nearly 4 million people. ‘Big Mike’, as we know him from TikTok, is a 23 year old impact influencer who uses his platform to bring people together around the causes he's passionate about (alongside his own take on a bunch of hugely entertaining TikTok trends). With a college background in Theatre and Music, Mike’s dream is to one day own his own theater, bringing diverse and entertaining shows into low-income areas. As our special guest speaker, Mike will be flying in from Virginia to present in support of the BLM cause, and use Stashrun to fundraise for The Equal Justice Initiative- a nonprofit committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Hear what Mike has to say... join the conversation!
What's the vibe of this event?
After sitting through a day of lectures, no one needs another one. What we need is something that hits differently (besides the mocktails). That's why we're using a PechaKucha format. Each student speaker will show 20 slides, and must speak for exactly 20 seconds per slide. That means getting straight to the point. They'll be speaking about some serious causes, so expect emotional storytelling, dry humor, some potentially terrifying graphs (due to the realizations they'll inspire), with a few culturally relevant memes thrown in (to really get their point across). It'll be fast, and it'll be fun.
You'll be fundraising without spending a cent
Every student speaker has nominated a nonprofit to fundraise for, to take action on their cause. Don't worry, you won't have to fund the donations– that's the magic of Stashrun. At the end of each presentation, you can scan a QR code to generate an instant donation, sponsored by a brand who shares your values. Our algorithm matches you with a sponsor in the most surprising way, and will only take 15 sec of your time. There are no obligations, but if you're seriously invested in the cause, we're giving you an easy way to take immediate action, for free!!
Other important stuff you should know:
Stashrun empowers students to participate in activism. We are not endorsing causes directly. We are providing a platform where cause focused conversations can be amplified. All speakers and attendees are required to follow Stashrun's Community Guidelines, which help keep our community safe. Additionally, this is a no alcohol event, and restricted to currently enrolled UT Austin students who hold valid tickets for the event. Please respect The Mansion. There will be security on site.
Oh, and there'll be gift bags 😉