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Unbound and Unboxed: Empowering Womxn of Color

The 32nd Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference (EWOCC) took place on March 18th at UC Berkeley. The theme, “Unbound and Unboxed,” focused on empowerment and self-care. The conference is held each year by the University of California’s Women of Color Initiative through the Graduate Assembly. It was a sold out affair with womxn from all over the country attending. Imagine a room filled with hundreds of powerful womxn of color in a conference meant to unbound and unbox a collective power guided by self-care as a form of resistance.

 

Some of the most salient moments for me came from the the panel on Methods of Resistance. In it, five young womxn activists and organizers spoke about the ways their existence becomes radical resistance and how much self-care this work requires.

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Creating Space: Baking Equity & Justice into Leadership Development Work

Turn on the news and there is little doubt, equity is under assault... from attempts to repeal ACA, taxation proposals to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, to attacks on undocumented workers and Muslims. We need to build a new equity consciousness and set of practices into leadership development work to nurture our individual and collective resistance to stand up for social and racial justice.

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Experimenting with Leadership Development Action Learning Projects

Many leadership programs utilize some form of learning projects based on principles of adult learning and action learning. They are intended to strengthen the participant’s capacity to apply learning across different contexts. Of course, most action learning project participants hope to also deliver some value to the community beyond their own learning experience.  Donna Dinkin, an action learning specialist describes action learning:

 

Action learning is a process (often coach supported) involving a small group of people solving real problems while at the same time focusing on what they are learning and how their learning can benefit each group member and the organization and community as a whole.”

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A guided meditation for nonprofit professionals By Vu Le

This month, we share with your a guided meditation by Vu Le. It was originally posted on his blog Nonprofit with Balls and is being read out loud by Miriam Persley.

 

Find a comfortable position and play the video below to meditate for 10 minutes.

We believe in the power of a mindfulness practice. This guided meditation is light hearted and meant to bring joy to stressful situations for nonprofit staff. What relaxing and joyous images would your guided meditation have? Share your thoughts @LeadershipEra.

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Update: LLC’s Action Learning Seed Fund

This month all of us, the LLC network, have been busily preparing and reviewing applications. The Seed Fund was such a success! Though the application process was open for three weeks, you must have all shared this among your own networks because we had over 2000 clicks to all of our materials. Some of the project teams that applied had not been directly in touch with LLC and some teams are located outside of the United States. This broad reach could only have happened if all of you had actively shared with others. (Thank you!)

 

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Action Learning Seed Fund: Embody Racial Equity

Our Action Learning Seed Fund is well underway. In case you missed it; last month we announced that $25,000 from LLC’s core funding would be released and granted to projects seeking to leverage the leadership of people of color. From the application to the implementation, we envision people of color modeling ways that create pathways for racial equity through leadership development. Three weeks ago we launched the application during our webinar.

 

Since the launch, we’ve been overjoyed with the responses from all of you. So many immediately shared the application. The final numbers are not yet in, but we do know the webinar video has been watched 250+ times, the links have been clicked and shared 4100+ and counting. At the time of this publication, before the deadline, we have already received over 100 applications.

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Celebrating Black History Month: An Interview with Fania Davis

In honor of Black History Month, LLC staff took a field trip to the Oakland Museum to see the Black Panther Party exhibit and celebrate Oakland’s rich history.  There was a sign in the exhibit that caught my attention:

 

Toward the Future

 

Consider how current social issues relate to the conditions that demanded the creation of the Black Panther Party fifty years ago. The Party no longer exists as an organization. However, their ideas and spirit live on in former Panthers and generation of new artists, community organizers and citizens who will help to determine the future.

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The Year of Creating Space

This year, in response to the current environment and the need for a significant uptake in racial justice leadership, we are departing from the traditional format for Creating Space, LLC’s national meeting. Creating Space has been a space for people engaged in leadership development to meet over several days to harvest learning across their experiences, share resources and build meaningful connection.

 

Our purpose this year will be to build greater awareness, access to resources and capacity among leadership development organizations about the opportunity and need to help their participants strengthen their knowledge, skills, connections and tools for contributing to social and racial justice.

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Uncovering Hope in the Dark: The How We Gather Gathering By Bidisha Banerjee

The original Greek meaning of the word ‘apocalypse,’ has the sense of an uncovering claims Reverend Jen Bailey, a young elder in the African Methodist Episcopalian church, and founding executive director of the Faith Matters Network, which helps faith leaders address structural inequality in their communities. Bailey traces this uncovering to a “rupture at the very heart of our democracy…rooted in the deep paralysis of anxiety and disparate visions for our collective futures,” and “an inability to process death of bodies and institutions.” Suggesting that this is a moment of “calling in” for “those of us at the margins who are rightly fearing for our lives,” she calls for brave spaces where we can “thicken relationships” and hold each other lovingly accountable to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community that bridges differences of race, religion, gender, and class. [see On Being blog]

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LLC’s $25,000 Action Learning Seed Fund: Webinar VIDEO and Frequently Asked Questions

Last month, the Leadership Learning Community announced $25,000 to be released as a Seed Fund. Since then, we have worked with our Selection Committee of 19, to finalize our plan.

 

The application form is now open. All application are due on February 28th by 11:59pm Pacific.


If you missed our launch webinar, you can still review below the recording, review the slides, and find frequently asked questions.

 

Please share widely and contact Miriam with any questions.

 

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