YOU HAVE A HERO'S HEART
Forces of evil are everywhere, and the Academy must be protected at all costs; our advanced shielding spells (“technology,” as some would call it) keep this information hidden from anyone who doesn’t have the heart as a hero – they may see instead a simple sock manufacturer. The fact that you passed the shields at all shows you’re ready to join us.
Join us for what exactly, you may ask. Years ago, a woman by the name of Hermione Granger – you may have heard of her – was reflecting on her own heroic journey, and everything she’d learned along the way about being an activist. She made plenty of mistakes, and was lucky to have a group like Dumbledore’s Army (and access to a well-stocked library) to help her grow – but what about all of the emerging heroes out there who didn’t? She reached out to the many friends she’d made over the course of her career – superheroes, rebel alien gems, bending masters – and together they founded the Granger Leadership Academy, a place for the world’s next heroes to get the training they need.
Now the Academy appears each year for a weekend of intensive training, but Academy Alumni work every day to resist forces of hate and transform the world for the better. Together, they’re writing a story where the heroes win. Will you join them?LEARN MOREREGISTER NOW
|REGULAR||$75||DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2017|
|LATE||$100||DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 13, 2018|
Space is limited to just 200 trainees. Secure your registration early to guarantee a spot.
Refunds will not be granted after December 31st, 2017.
All minors (17 years of age or younger) must submit a Legal Guardian Permission Form. Please see our FAQs for age recommendations. REGISTER NOW
WELCOME TO SUNSHINE
Tucson is a vibrant city in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, an environment like no other in the world. Home to a strong progressive activist community, its history and geographic location inform a unique perspective on organizing.
Oh yeah, and it's the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the United States - organizing is hungry work! Learn more about what Tucson has to offer.
The 2018 Academy will be held at the Sheraton Tucson Inn and Suites in Tucson, Arizona. We have secured special conference nightly rates for all attendees, as follows:
AN UNPARALLELED EXPERIENCE
There's nothing else like the Granger Leadership Academy - we're giving you the skills to not only lead, but to lead with creativity, compassion, and a little big of magic. You'll arrive as a trainee, but you'll leave ready to be a hero for your community.
DR. MAYTHA ALHASSENDr. Maytha Alhassen studies historical encounters between Black internationalism and the Arab diaspora, race & ethnicity, social justice & the arts, travel & global flows, gender, media and narrative healing. Her work in and outside academia bridges the worlds of social justice, academic research and artistic expression.
LAUREN DUCAAn award-winning journalist, Lauren has been called a political power player and culture influencer. You may know her best from her work on her Thigh High Politics column for Teen Vogue.
HANNAH MOROZHannah Moroz is a music-playing, video-making, podcast-editing, twenty-something from Long Beach, California. In this stage of her life, she's vigorously seeking out the ways in which art and media work can be translated into material change for the better. That said, she is so, so excited to take part in her first GLA!
TONKS AND THE AURORSTonks and the Aurors is a Wizard Rock band that’s been slaying Death Eaters with sick beats since 2007. Frontwoman Steph Anderson served as a keynote speaker at the inaugural GLA in 2014, gracing us with our new favorite aphorism: “Yes All Witches.” She returns to GLA 2018 with a mix of nerdy lyrics, powerful performance, and passion for our fan activist community.
THURSDAYRegistration opens at 4 PM, and programming begins at 5 PM sharp! We highly recommend you arrive in time to attend opening ceremonies in order to get the best experience. MEET YOUR TEAM
Upon arrival, you’ll immediately meet your new team for the weekend, a group of people with diverse experiences and backgrounds that, when working together, can magically magnify your experience. OPENING CEREMONIES
Celebrate the start of a new Academy and select your Wisdom, a guiding philosophy from the heroes of the stories of our hearts. FEAST
No opening is complete without a welcome feast – dig into a full Southwestern-style buffet to experience the cuisine of the local community and get to know your teammates.
We’ve gathered experts, educators, and professionals from around the world to pass on their hero wisdom to you – utilize your team and compare notes to maximize your learning. APPARATING LIBRARY
Libraries are critically important for rebellions – help build the world-traveling Apparating Library by dropping off a book today and picking up a new one tomorrow. KEYNOTE
The first keynote of the weekend is here to share their experiences finding their own hero's journey. OPEN MIC
You have a magical voice and it’s imperative you use it – it’s time for you to take the spotlight at the Academy’s Open Mic, hosted by Wizards in Space Literary Magazine.
Another full day of training is ahead of you, but remember that old wisdom: constant vigilance! The forces of hatred are always working to infiltrate the Academy. SELF CARE STATION
All of this training takes a lot of energy and hard work – if you find yourself needing a little self-care, the community-stocked Self Care Station will be available all weekend. KEYNOTE
Hear from another expert in community organizing and personal heroics and soak up all the wisdom you can. ACADEMY WROCK SHOW
When wizards rock we call it wrock. Dance out all the work of the weekend with a chant of YES ALL WITCHES at the Tonks and the Aurors concert.
SUNDAYYOUR FINAL TRAINING
You'll gather one last time for your final training - but be alert, we all know that enemies have a bad habit of attacking at the end of school. KEYNOTE
Your final keynote of the weekend will send you off into the world with advice and guidance for using the power of epic love. CLOSING CEREMONIES
The Academy ends here, but your journey is just beginning - with everything you've learned, your mission is to return to your home community ready to fight the forces of hatred in your own neighborhoods. Together, the impact of the Academy stretches around the globe.
CHARLOTTE RENKENCharlotte Renken is a multimedia storyteller. In 2017, Renken will publish her first Creative Nonfiction collection “‽” (Interrobang) which explores mental health and features an interview with Felicia Day. She has also written for Hush Comics and her university magazine Jackalope.
KARAN NEVATIAKaran is a freshman studying journalism at the University of Southern California, where he works as an assistant news editor for the school newspaper, the Daily Trojan. A former CO and two-time GLA alum, Karan enjoys exploring the interconnected nature of activism and journalism.
Check back as more programs are announced!
Hogwarts Houses and the Heroine’s JourneyWhat does your Hogwarts house say about you? Take a tour through the Heroine’s Journey of the four Hogwarts houses for chasing any dream, big or small. By the end of the hour you’ll have a Potter-themed plan for forming habits and transfiguring your personal dreams into a magical mission.
Gryffindor, TEDx speaker, Hogwarts personal development professor. Xandra Robinson-Burns teaches empowerment through fiction at HeroineTraining.com
Accio Participants: Develop Yourself into a Recruiting WizardLet’s face it – recruiting is not an easy mission, but this workshop will teach you the magic tricks to becoming a recruiting wizard. This workshop will cover driving interest, making a connection with potential participants, recruiting best practices, and including existing participants in the recruiting process to keep them engaged.
Michelle Faas, native of Tucson and current resident of Denver, is a passionate soldier of leadership development and human resources.
Fandom Forward: Creating Your Own Social Justice ToolkitFandom Forward helps you bring fan activism to your communities with toolkits around the hottest fandoms. Learn how to make your own social justice toolkit with the Fandom Forward Team! Look forward to discussions about the process of making the toolkits and instructions on how to create your own!
Amanda Neumann is a hardworking Hufflepuff, feminist, and the Fandom Forward Project Leader at the HPA. Find them at @amandandwords.
Cheyanne Chadwick is a theatre practitioner, educator, and fan. She volunteers as the Consultant Coordinator for Fandom Forward, a part of the HPA 's Chapter Department
The Power of Storytelling: Sharing Your Personal StoryWhat does your Hogwarts house say about you? Take a tour through the Heroine’s Journey of the four Hogwarts houses for chasing any dream, big or small. By the end of the hour you’ll have a Potter-themed plan for forming habits and transfiguring your personal dreams into a magical mission.
Beverly Schreiber is an organizer, cat-lover, and Slytherclaw. She travels around the country working for progressive causes and candidates.
More Strong Female Characters: A Discussion of Femininity in Fiction and FandomBack by popular demand, Strong Female Characters is a moderated discussion about femininity, gender roles, and sexism in Harry Potter, fandom, and activist spaces. This year we will focus on how we treat femininity in our own community, intersectional feminism, and how we can all be responsible for making fandom and activist spaces more accepting of women and femininity.
Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael is a creative professional whose voice & stories are made up of the voices & the stories of black women & other women of color.
Grace Gordon is an actress and activist. You can find her on Instagram at @gracegordonofficial, and she would love to be your new pen pal!
Gryffindor, TEDx speaker, Hogwarts personal development professor. Xandra Robinson-Burns teaches empowerment through fiction at HeroineTraining.com
Using YouTube For GoodAn interactive and collaborative workshop empowering participants to use their YouTube presence for social change. The session will guide the group through idea generation, best practice, and conceptualisation to culminate in every participant creating a plan for on their own channel.
Rowan Ellis makes videos about pop culture and activism through a queer feminist lens. Aspiring cat lady. Find her at @heyrowanellis
Friends, Waffles, (Net)work: How to Network Strategically to Build Your Community and Achieve Your GoalsDespite its bad reputation, networking is not as daunting as it seems. In this workshop, we’ll learn networking tips, preparation strategies, how to combat anxiety, and how to use the connections we make to help ourselves and others. Because in the words of the great Leslie Knope: No one achieves anything alone.
Caitlin Elizabeth Harper is an author, wizard activist, and cat mom. Find out more at www.caitlinelizabethharper.com or @caitlinrenegade.
Living Your Values 201: What Would the Weasleys Do?We’ll focus on living our values when it’s challenging to do so--when they conflict with each other or the landscape of our lives. Drawing inspiration from Fred, George, and the rest of the Weasleys, we’ll do problem-solving activities to resolve those conflicts and set up habits that support our values.
Jessie Sarber is an educator, writer, & future PhD. She’s into schools that empower students & communities & can be found @jesstothefuture.
WHO RUNS THIS?
The Harry Potter Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that turns fans into heroes by drawing parallels between pop culture and real world issues. We have over a decade of experience in training and organizing emerging activists. IS THIS POLITICAL?
Granger Leadership Academy is nonpartisan, but not apolitical. The Harry Potter Alliance is a strongly progressive organization that believes in advocating for a more equitable world. We have trainees with a wide range of experience at the Academy every year, so you absolutely don't need to worry about knowing all the right words or being "in" with the social justice lingo - that's what the Academy is all about! However, it is not a space to debate whether oppression and privilege are real in the first place - as Hermione saw first hand, denying the reality of hateful forces is not a good way to protect the world. You can read Our Plan for Resistance to get a better understanding of the values and viewpoints that will be taught at the Academy. AM I TOO YOUNG TO ATTEND GLA?
GLA is an all ages conference. In order to get the most out of GLA programming, we’d guess that 10 is a good age to start. That said, everyone is different - if you feel like you/your child is ready, go for it! AM I TOO OLD TO ATTEND GLA?
We we say it’s all ages, that goes both ways. GLA believes in cross-generational mentorship, the idea that a 50 year old can learn from a 10 year old just as much as a 10 year old can learn from a 50 year old (though perhaps in different ways). You should be aware that you will be placed on a team with folks of all ages and asked to complete the same activities as everyone else, but as long as you come with an open mind and you leave your too-old-for-this mindset at the door, we promise you’ll have a blast. IS PROGRAMMING APPROPRIATE FOR YOUNGER ATTENDEES?
The short answer: yes. We work hard to ensure that GLA is a safe space for everyone. Some of the subjects discussed at GLA may be more complex or difficult, i.e. discussing issues like racism and sexism, but we believe these issues are appropriate and relevant for all ages. The schedule, social activities, and language is designed to be friendly for trainees of any age, and our staff is ready and willing to help guide trainees who may need extra support. IS THIS JUST FOR GIRLS?
Definitely not, but expect a lot of girl power. CAN I ARRIVE LATE/LEAVE EARLY?
GLA is not a normal conference, and you will get the best experience if you plan to attend the entire program. Programming begins at 5 PM sharp on Thursday. Trainees are strongly encouraged to plan travel accordingly. That said, if circumstances do not allow for this you will be allowed to check in late - just be aware that you may have to wait until the next morning for a check in window. Please contact staff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know you will be arriving late. CAN I ATTEND GLA WITH MY CHILD?
Yes, but you’ll need to purchase a registration for yourself as well as your child. CAN MY CHILD ATTEND GLA ALONE?
Yes! They’ll need to bring a Legal Guardian Permission Form with them in order to be checked in, or bring their legal guardian with them, and we’ll have that person sign the form on arrival. In addition, minors must check out at the end of the conference, and minors who are not staying on site will need to check in and out each time they are dropped off/picked up. WHAT IF I USE A DIFFERENT NAME THAN MY LEGAL ONE?
No problem! When you register you’ll be able to enter your name as you would like it to appear on your badge. Email us at email@example.com if you have any concerns or further questions. WILL THERE BE GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOMS?
Always. I HAVE A PARTICULAR ACCESSIBILITY NEED, WHO DO I TALK TO?
There is a space on the registration form to indicate both dietary and accessibility needs. If we need to clarify anything from your registration in order to best serve you, we’ll follow up! If you have further questions or concerns, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.