AudiencePotential leaders with a passion and a vision for the marginalized in communities but are not completely certain if and/or how to begin their journey into the nonprofit sector.
PurposeThis session of workshops is designed to help participants with a passion and a vision for the marginalized to learn about themselves so that they respect their self-worth, to appreciate their role in service to a target community, and to understand the oppressive system that makes certain segments of the community marginalized.
The Spring session is divided into three workshops: Self-empowerment, Target Communities, and Intersectionality of Oppression. They will be led by facilitators who are experienced in nonprofit work and are fully invested in serving the marginalized within their own community.
Workshop 1: Self-EmpowermentTo understand where we are headed, we must first understand where we come from. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their personal journeys while learning about one another, explore the intersection between identity and work, and engage in focused planning around desired skills and goals. We will work to define the conditions in which we feel empowered, fulfilled, and connected with oneself. The purpose of this workshop is to ground the participants on the topics of self-assessment and empowerment in order to enrich discussions on potential career pathways throughout the rest of the retreat experience.
Topics• Goal-setting• Question of Identity• Personal Empowerment• Professional Empowerment
Facilitators (click on name for bio) Stephanie Sung, Sangeetha MenonConsultantTerry Kim
Workshop 2: Target CommunityTo begin any work in nonprofit, we need to explore our target community. The target community is either defined by an issue(s), geography, ethnicity, or a combination thereof. The process by which we come to best utilize our skills for the benefit of others is a thorough awareness of the community we want to serve.This workshop will help participants define a target community, understand its distinct character, determine its needs, and find the available resources. Through our acquaintance with our target community, we will be better prepared to understand our role and mission in a nonprofit organization.
Topics• Defining Target Community• History of Target Community• Needs of Target Community• Role within Target Community
Facilitators (click on name for bio) Hang Nguyen, Gia Ly, Shyda Rashid
Workshop 3: Intersectionality of Oppression
This workshop will explore the importance of intersectionality in social justice movements, especially those that concern communities of color. We will discuss issues that affect us personally and at a bigger, systematic level. Different forms of trauma and oppression, societal norms and expectations, and internalized oppression will be covered. By discussing these underlying issues, we hope to build a deeper understanding of ourselves and those around us.
Topics• Intersectionality• Systems of oppression• Lived oppression• Action
Facilitators (click on name for bio) Mariam Rauf, Jessica Li