March 23-25, 2018

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Let’s learn together, grow together, and take concrete action together to end gender-based violence.

Friday, March 23

4:00-6:00: Introduction to Breakthrough and team-building activities

6:00-8:00: Reception (Location TBD)


Saturday, March 24

9:00-9:30: Breakfast

9:30-11:00: Activity: Intersectionality

11:00-11:15: Break

11:15-12:30: Activity: Gender representation in the media

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Activity: Problem solving and design thinking

3:00-3:15: Break

3:15-4:30: Action Pitch Session #1

4:30-5:00: Closing Activity

Sunday, March 25

9:00-9:30: Breakfast

9:30-11:15: Activity: Storytelling and character development

11:15-11:30: Break

11:30-1:00: Activity: Action planning

1:00-2:00: Lunch

2:00-3:45: Action Pitch Session #2

3:45-4:00: Break

4:00-4:40: Activity: What’s next?

4:40-5:00: Closing Activity

Breakthrough’s Action Lab is:

An intensive training in recognizing and dismantling the cultural norms that lead to gender-based violence

An incubator of student-led iconic disruptive action to create a world in which all can live with dignity and respect

An opportunity to sharpen your expertise in the media representation of gender, in order to take the lead in building a world of compassion and shared humanity

A chance to connect with like-minded students and experts 

FREE to attend!*

Breakthrough strongly encourages applications from community college students, undocumented students, LGBTQ+ students, men, students of color, and students of all gender identities. Students with an understanding of intersectionality are also encouraged to apply.

*Breakthrough’s Action Lab is free of charge to all participants, with support from the Oak Foundation. While travel expenses are not covered for all, limited scholarship funds will be available.

Highlights from Our July 2017 Action Lab

On July 20 & 21, Breakthrough and NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication held Breakthrough’s first ever ACTION LAB:


Watch our July 20 expert panel via Facebook Live!

On July 20 & 21, 2017 in partnership with NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, 25 undergraduate students from 18 colleges in 6 states came together with renowned media experts to design iconic disruptive actions that will challenge gender-based violence in college life. With Breakthrough’s help, they will be changemakers on their campuses and in their communities.

July 2017 at NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Photo credit: Rebecca Goldfarb Terry

YOU are the expert on your campus culture, your student body, and what your college or university needs in order to be a safer space for all. WE can help you make it happen. You’ll leave Breakthrough’s Action Lab with an iconic disruptive action to challenge gender-based violence. After the Action Lab, Breakthrough will work with you in order to share tools, resources, connections, and know-how to make that action happen on your campus and beyond.

Whether you are a seasoned social justice advocate or just looking for a way to get started, Breakthrough’s Action Lab can help you build your toolbox for human rights. You do not need to have experience in social justice activism or gender equity, just a desire to take action and make change!

For more information, or to bring a custom Action Lab to your campus or community, please contact us at

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