Earlier this year I had the opportunity to co-facilitate the first workshop of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy, an 8-week initiative created in partnership with Stacy Stout: Assistant to The City Manager, Neighborhood Associations, The Division of Inclusion and Equity at GVSU, including my unit: Social Justice Education, and The Johnson Center for Philanthropy.
The main focus of the first session was racial equity and resident empowerment. Other topics include but are not limited to:
–Effective Meetings and Conflict Management
–Collaborations and Facilitative Leadership
–Narrative Change and Communication Strategies
–Fund Development and Financial Sustainability
–Volunteer Management and Succession Planning
Although the participants will learn about a variety of topics in regards to running their neighborhood association, our first session played an important role in setting the tone for the future sessions as a racial equity lens will remain present throughout. One of the key resources that cohort participants will continue to utilize in their work is the Racial Equity Toolkit; a resource from the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE).
— Johnson Center for Philanthropy (@johnsoncenter) January 5, 2018
At the end of the session, Stacy and I compiled a list of resources that we shared with the participants. I’m re-sharing them here.
A Starter List for Ongoing Racial Equity Learning
Grand Rapids Specific Resources
Oppression and Workplace Culture
White Supremacy Culture and Antidotes
Local Organizations, Groups
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones