Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Educational Equity, Justice System, Social Justice, Sustainability |

Please find below the fall term workshops that we offer as part of our work to support the continuing engagement of students and alumni in community-based social change. These workshop build on the 21 workshops offered last year that were attended by some 400 students, alumni, faculty and community members.

Please share them with your students and with other lists as appropriate. They are free and open to students, alumni, faculty and the public. In the past instructors have offered extra credit or otherwise integrated some of these workshop into their curriculum if there was a good fit.

We’re excited to be collaborating with the Center for Intercultural Organizing, who will also be sharing the offerings with the groups they work with. All off-campus workshops will be at their offices on N. Killingsworth.

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Tuesday 10/29 – 6:30-8:30PM

Fundamentals of Community Organizing

Facilitated by Abigail Singer

Center for Intercultural Organizing – 700 N. Killingsworth Street
Do you want to get your community organized to take on an oppressive boss, a neighborhood polluter, or some other force of oppression? Are you interested in starting a community garden? Wondering how to start a group, keep it together, and create a healthy, collaborative and inspired process for realizing your collective vision? This workshop will go over the basics of how to start a campaign or community organization, identify your goals and strategy, and make a plan that is both realistic and also addresses the root causes of issues in our communities. Folks are welcome to bring specific questions or issues that you may be grappling with.

Invite your friends on Facebook! – https://www.facebook.com/events/421787751276564/
Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

 

 

Thursday 11/7 – 4:00-5:50 PM

Why Should I Care? Stories for Social Change

Facilitated by Kari Koch

Portland State University – Cramer Hall 225
Building towards social change is not about finding the most compelling statistic or fact. It’s about understanding what people are experiencing and telling a story that connects issues with actions, vision for change, and a plan to win. Stories move people and make social change possible. In this workshop we will learn about constructing narratives and stories around campaigns, events, and actions using our own personal experiences.

Invite your friends on Facebook! – https://www.facebook.com/events/472558532858515

Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

 

Thursday 11/14 – 6:30-8:30 PM

Developing and Sustaining A Global Perspective through Solidarity and Collaboration: Independent Hip Hop, Cultural Activism and African Solidarity
Facilitated by Mic Crenshaw
Center for Intercultural Organizing – 700 N. Killingsworth Street
Mic Crenshaw is a socially conscious emcee, a social justice activist and an educator. Crenshaw’s work combines elements of independent Hip Hop, popular education, community organizing and direct action under the umbrella of cultural activism. Through Hip Hop Culture which is global Crenshaw has established links with cultural activist across the continent of Africa.

How does African Hip Hop relate tour our community? Why work on social justice issues in African countries when we have our own issues here? Come learn about efforts to build and sustain a computer center in Burundi Central Africa, and radical Hip Hop Collectives in Zimbabwe and South Africa and current efforts to link them to local classrooms and communities. Learn about the Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan project and the work that the Obo Addy Legacy Project is doing in schools locally.

In this workshop we will sharpen our perspective on global links between our communities and cultures within the current economic context. There will be a short lecture, performance, multi media presentation and most importantly dialogue.
Invite your friends on Facebook! – https://www.facebook.com/events/217196811792243

Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

Tuesday 11/19 – 4:00-5:50 PM

Finding Ourselves In Charge: Collective Leadership and What We Need to Know to Build Progressive Movement in the Pacific Northwest

Facilitated by Dianne Riley

Portland State University – Multicultural Center (Smith Memorial Union 228)


Turmoil among elected leaders in the nation’s capitol have eroded confidence within an already alienated and distrustful public. After 30 years of downsizing government, is it finally small enough to drown in Grover Norquist’s proverbial bathtub? And then there’s the banking industry… and Corporations personified …and international invasion of privacy, global corruption and on-going financial instability…

But maybe all the chaos in Washington and everywhere else is a sign of something other than chaos… maybe something bigger is happening… This workshop will map the political terrain and times for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest right now. We will place ourselves in the context of large scale trends. We will do this with the purpose of suggesting that all we have to do is read the signs and we will see that a new Progressive era is already at hand and we are already in charge of creating something better.

Invite your friends on Facebook! - https://www.facebook.com/events/167546600119275

Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

 

Tuesday 11/26 – 6:30-8:30 PM

Interrupting Oppression in Our Everyday Lives

Facilitated by Sally Eck
Center for Intercultural Organizing – 700 N. Killingsworth Street
In this workshop, we will discuss and, more importantly, practice the art of engaging in productive dialogue about the experience of oppression in our daily lives.  Learn strategies and build community to recognized and raise our collective consciousness about the detrimental effects of microaggressions and co-create hope toward positive social change.

Invite your friends on Facebook! – https://www.facebook.com/events/415519375240397

Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!

Tuesday 12/3 – 6:30-8:30 PM

Conflict Transformation for Resilient Organizing

Facilitated by Rain Crowe
Center for Intercultural Organizing – 700 N. Killingsworth Street

Conflict is inevitable, especially within groups of people coming together with different value systems, personal, and organizing cultures. Conflict can be an opportunity to grow communication skills, group rapport and trust, and deepen our commitment to the shared work. Or, it can be a painful, individual or group experience that ultimately dissolves the working relationships and impacts the efficacy or functionality of the shared work or the group itself. How does a group consciously choose the path of the former? In this workshop we’ll use a restorative justice framework to explore and discuss how conflict within a group can be anticipated, contained, and transformed.  We’ll look at some common roots of group conflict including abuse or misuse of power, the lack of a strong intact pre-existing group relationships, horizontal oppression, basic communication breakdown, lack of tools, or inherited cultural shame about being involved with conflict. I’ll offer some strategies for engaging the inevitability of conflict in groups before it begins to happen, as well as some clear basic tools for engaging it when it arises. Voluntary pairs work, whole group discussion, and role playing may all be part of this workshop based on the desire of the attendees.
Invite your friends on Facebook! – https://www.facebook.com/events/687644727912757

Though not required RSVPs help us know how many to expect and will help us prep the space – RSVP here!