In response to community interest in deepening engagement to advance social justice, the Davis Gatherings Initiative will host a series of workshops in November and December, “Coming Together as One Community.” Topics to be explored include:
~ Who are we as a community?
~ Who am I as an individual?
~ How will our voices be heard?
Participants are asked to commit to attending all four sessions taking place on Nov. 5 and 19, and Dec. 3 and 17 from 2-4 pm. Participants will:
~ Engage in a safe space to discuss differences and conflict.
~ Explore and understand the history of vulnerable groups.
~ Develop capacity to effectively communication with others.
~ Take action to transform their thinking and influence systems that perpetuate inequity.
Sessions will be facilitated by Sandy Holman, Orit Kalman, and other community leaders. Sandy Holman is the founder of the Culture C.O.-O.P. (http://www.cultureco-op.com/), an organization she developed to assist people and organizations working with equity/diversity in education, businesses, and the community. Holman has served as a consultant to countless organizations, locally and nationally, to help meet the needs of diverse populations.
Orit Kalman, a long-time Davis resident, is committed to community engagement through collaborative processes that highlight people’s rights to integrity, respect, empathy and high ethical standards. He is a founder and past executive director of the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center (YCRC). In addition to community work, Kalman is a facilitator with the Center for Collaborative Policy at CSUS.
Space is limited. To register, visit https://coming-together-a-community-conversation.eventbrite.com/
The Gatherings Initiative, a project of the Davis Phoenix Coalition, brings together concerned organizations and residents in Yolo County to protect and assist communities targeted after the November 2016 election. For more information, visit them on Facebook.