Mapping Our Roles for Social Change in Times of Crisis - Shared screen with speaker view
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Mana Tahaie (she/her), Tulsa, OK. Aspiring to reawaken my motivation to sustain myself in the work.
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Phylissa Mitchell, University of Virginia Library, aspiration: to know more to offer more help to coworkers
Robin and Amber here, associated with WSU Trio SSS,
Mike Strode (he/him) - Chicago - The Kola Nut Collaborative - Seeking to clarify ways to be more intentional when I am shifting between my social change roles.
Olivia (she/hers) Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion, Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Hello. My name is Alicia and I am from Los Angeles and work with Center for Nonprofit Management.
Hi, Lynn PIerson from Bucknell University!
Laurin Mayeno (she/her), hello and thanks from Berkeley. Excited about opportunity to learn from Deepa and reflect on what my role can be.
Tuhina Verma Rasche, Minister of Small Groups at University AME Zion Church. Hoping to help the communities I accompany to have vocabulary for social change movements.
Hello, my name is Morgan Moore and I am a Restorative Justice practitioner in Oregon. I hope to find some focus of how to redirect our work throughout this time.
HI, I am Joanna from De Anza College in Cupertino, CA. I am a sign language interpreter and I am delighted to be in this workshop!
Neelofer Qadir (Greensboro, NC) faculty at UNCG but here in a personal capacity to think about how can I contribute to political organizing locally as a new member to Greensboro/Durham (where I live and work)
Hi everyone, my name is Rucha (she/hers) and I am currently an undergrad student at UCLA.
Hi I'm Anissa. I am a CSUN MSW student from Oxnard, CA. I want to create more during this time
Sandhya from the Oakland Peace Center in Oakland, CA. So grateful for concrete tools for this moment
Hi, this is Anjali Misra joining from Chicago: I'd love to use this moment to continue cross-coalition building
Hi there! Lizzie (she/her) from Worcester, MA. Instructional coach for a high school. Aspiration: to affirm my own role and others in this current crisis as we move forward
Alexis (they/them) from City of Seattle. Hoping to learn how to better use my positional privilege now and moving forward
patricia torres / Ella/ellex/she/they / tongva land (LA) - community organizer, consultant for movement building
Jillian H. undergraduate social work student at SUNY Brockport
Catherine Foley from BMP :) Grateful to see you in your element!
Hi everyone! My name is Lakshmi and I’m a junior in college listening in from eastern Ohio.
My name is Emma (she/they), I’m an organizer with the Chicago chapter of Black and Pink, a queer and trans prison abolition organization.
Hi all! I’m Chi and I’m in business development at human-centered design firm IDEO. In Georgia right now but usually based in the Bay!
Hi! I'm Chrys Ballerano, from NYSCASA in Albany NY.We are a non profit coalition working to end sexual violence
Kaleena, she/her/hers, Denver, Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable, hoping to have some direction on how to be a helper in this current state
Erica Knox (she/the). Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Felicia from SpeakOut and also work with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)
Affaf Waseem (she/her), California, UC DavisI work as a Director for Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian Resources unit
Hi everyone, I’m Anya (she/her) joining from La Crosse, WI and I work at UW-Madison and am a doctoral student at Antioch University. Looking forward to learning how I might be able to applied what’s discussed here to working with community partners & students.
Courtney Clark - Member Liaison at Texas Association against Sexual Assault!
Hi friends, I’m LJ (he/him & they/them), a social worker with a focus on LGBTQ people, and especially queer/trans youth.
Isela. from organizer to executive. Norwalk California - Southeast Los Angeles County. Aspiration by hearing about this framework to provide a sense of where best to be in the movement.
Christine (she her) De Anza college, signed langauge interpreter
Hi, I'm Kelly Hayes, a Chicago organizer with the Lifted Voices collective.
finn anderson, he/him, prescott college undergrad!
Hello. I'm a community based artist in Kansas.
Maxwell, Orlando Florida (UCF) and staff, hoping to understand how can continue to support social change in higher education
Amy Tobin, from Oakland CA, nonprofit advisor and past CEO
Kuldeep (she/her) Santa Barbara, CA. Currently a therapist intern, working on getting my license for California.
Greetings all! Amber Gonzalez, Ethnic Studies faculty at Fullerton College
Jessie Guinn (He/Him/His), Assistant Dean of STEM & Member of the Presidents Commission on Justice, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Arcadia University
Mustika Indah Khairina
Hi, Mustika here from Kalimantan, Indonesia. someone who's trying to start a movement with a group of friends :)
Lisa Rosenthal, Queens NY - professor, thinking about ways to expand my roles for social change
Carissa from PPGreaterNY! From Queens NY. I hope to explore how we can move through the coming days and have an impact in an equitable direction.
Alicia Collins, Director of Community Leadership of Central Indiana Community Foundation - Indianapolis, IN. Aspiration is to be a learner for 50 minutes
Good afternoon, I'm Louie from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, joining the conversation from Harrisburg, PA. I use he/him. Looking forward to getting some new ways to contextualize what's happening in the world and what my roles are/can be.
Christal West, She/Hers UC Davis
Leslie Cagan, Elmhurst, Queens, NYC - decades long ocial change organizer.
Hi! Felicia (she/hers/her) Delaware, OH. Youth Empowerment Coordinator.
Angelica Boyer (they/them/theirs) - Eastern Oregon University Housing Operations Manager. Interested in any tools for these interesting times.
Hello! Michelle, Admissions Counselor from Eastern Oregon University.
Becks (they/them) | Boulder Food Rescue | Boulder, CO | how our nonprofit can stretch ourselves during covid
Anne (she/her) from Seattle. High School art teacher looking to figure out how to be part of the larger picture
Hi, I'm Diana (she/her), from Long Island NY. I organize with Survived and Punished NY and #FreeThemAll4PublicHealth. I'm also a currently unemployed mental health peer specialist
Leora Wolf-Prusan (she/hers), School Mental Health director, Pacific Southwest Mental Health TA Center
Jen (she/her) from Oregon State University. Thinking about my role educating students working for social change and sustainability in a moment that seems ripe for systemic shifts.
Martine Wilson , Graduate Student at CSUS . also with CABWHP Sacramento
Hi, I'm John Hernandez (he/him/his). I am an academic librarian at Cal State San Bernardino.
Hi, Dafne Powell, Diversity and Equity Center from Everett Community College. Greetings from Washington State.
ken montenegro; he/him; technologist & lawyer; from LA, live in Queens, NY; looking forwards to tools/strategies
Deborah Makari (she/her), Ohio - looking forward to learning how to effectively work with others in a time of crisis and understand better what my role can be
Amy Sedovic, Western Washington University, Western Libraries, Grateful to be here. Thank you!
Hello, and thank you! Julie Keck (she/her) from Chicago. Filmmaker and sustainable business consultant, helping large and small orgs create more resilient and inclusive practices.
Hi, My name is Anna Wolde-Yohannes and I am a Preschool Site Supervisor in San Francisco, CA.
Ipsita Chatterjea - Chicago suburbs- African American Religions and Politics scholar. My goal is to understand the current landscape of social justice organizations and for potential volunteer opportunities to support existing groups.
Hello, Natasha (she/her) and Anthony (he/him) Outreach and Engagement and Inclusion Officers at Iowa State University in Iowa. Aspiration: to keep engaged and motivated in equity work while managing all the current crises.
Hello! I'm Irene Neal (she/her), from Amherst, Maine. I'm a nursing student at the University of Maine at Fort Kent
Roberto and I am in Student Life from Austin TX
Good afternoon! Katie, she/her, Seattle. University of WA. Undergraduate Community-Based Internship Program. Grateful for the opportunity to learn and reflect with this group.
nicci port, she|her - Iowa State University and Ames Pride (LGBTQ+ non-profit)
With apologies (she/her)
Garbhita Shah she/her UC Davis undergrad
Shirley Fessler, Rural and Disabilities Projects Manager at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence.
Asif Jessani | Marketing & Technology consultant focused on non-profit and educational clients. Asif@CCSAtlanta.com
Aiko she|hers Oakland Nonprofit consultant
Avery (they/them) Oakland, CA. Organizer around transformative justice and childhood sexual assault.
Tara (she/her & they/them) - Chico, CA. I am a Behavior Analyst at Butte County SELPA. Aspiration: gain more information in this new "normal"
Hey beautiful people! I’m Alison (she/her), tuning in from Oakland, CA. I do antiracism coaching and consulting. My aspiration is to get clearer on the roles I’m currently playing, and think about how to lean into some different roles.
Love how many Bay Area folks appear to be on the call - would be great to link up by region afterwards!
same for Chicago folks!
same for Oregon folks :-)
I’ll volunteer for the Bay - if interested in linking up, email me at offomah.chi@gmail and I’ll make sure to connect us all on a big thread!
Volunteering for Chicago - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shalisa (she/her) from Iowa! Violence Prevention Educator at University of Iowa.
volunteering for Oregon: email@example.com
amariee (her/she) volunteering in the greater Houston area. firstname.lastname@example.org
D) all of the above
Stuck and numb
Ooof - “stuck” and “numb”. A general sense of apathy at this point.
Stuckness/numbness is very much my default state now
I've seen this with organizations feeling they have to take everything on especially now.
all of it, overwhelm, makes me stuck
Being with friends and family not connected to movement building
pro and personal roles
Feeling very stuck, uncertain, helpless
Feeling stuck while also feeling the need to take on every role
ennui, perplexity, fear
I feel like everything is crashing down around me and nothing feels possible - Amber
I often feel confused about where I would be the most useful
I'm stuck and I need more from my ecosystem
Taking on more roles at home, school and work
needing more from ecosystem
Am I acting quickly enough, can I serve enough while also parenting, is there time to find the role and adapt
fear of being ineffective in any of the roles
Unsure how to set healthy boundaries …
All of it- but especially feeling stuck and numb
I can not fail
so many personal and professional roles!
I acknowledge that I am NOT a first responder and I can own what that means.
Personal and professional at the same time - homeschooling and working from home at the same time
not able to balance what I can do with what I can leave for others
Hey, My name is Sahdya (she/her) from London, UK and I work in the charity sector for a faith organisation supporting our members to work for social change but also advocating on behalf of them at a national level.
after losing clients, feeling useless and unsure where to apply my skills/energy
not many doing #4 - I don't think it's inherent in ppl to do that in my realms
Feeling both link doing all the things while also feeling paralyzed.
Need help figuring out stuff. Hypervigilance
also all of the above! feeling stretched thin
Moving parts in many different directions, personal and professional.
Maintaining head of household responsibilities
I feel like as a Person of Colour a lot of the time I'm playing roles in both contexts so three.
getting mixed messages about self care as imperative and productivity being prioritized!
juggling home and work
Internalized colonialistic expectation
Knowing the most vulnerable are even more vulnerable during times like this.
Yes - the productivity thing is going to bury us, if we’re not careful. And it’s coming from all sides - capitalism is really driving us to be uber productive when that’s just not the reality we’re living in
understanding when to take breaks, when ppl cane self regulate
Doing this for personal growth
No, sorry- it was an accident!
internalizing capitalism and how to reject this ideology without killing others wellbeing
SpeakOut had another great webinar entitled “Challenging White Supremacy Through Rest: Unpacking Work Culture in this Moment of Pause” that address issues of productivity and self care.
Felicia thank you for sharing do you know if there is a recording of that available?
thank you so much!!
Also this one - "The Struggle is Too Real: Cultivating a Spirit of Resilience in Pandemic Times" with Rahuldeep Gill - https://www.speakoutnow.org/content/speakout-ed-talks-struggle-too-real-cultivating-spirit-resilience-pandemic-times
I like the definitions
Realizing I am trying to play almost all these roles almost all the time and feeling guilty when I can't. Whew, how unrealistic!
Mustika Indah Khairina
Hello everyone, I'm from outside the US (Indonesia), wondering if I can virtually link up to any of the group above? :)
I also realize it depends on the ecosystem. Different ecosystems require different roles from me.
My team talked about these roles recently, on a really microcosmic level--how it applies to our project. It's interesting to also think of them on the macro level.
Like to hear more how roles break down for race— expected labor from Black women, women of color, etc.?
Yes to Gina's point!
yes! and roles we play as responses to trauma
Yes, Gina’s point!
I am LOVING this presentation!!!
That would be a great question for the Q & A - drop it in there so she can answer.
I didn’t realize this is exactly what I needed to hear, view, and learn today!! Thank you, Deepa!
Sometimes you get stuck in roles that are most comfortable for you
But may not allow you to grow
Also can be roles that you have had growing up as well
You may gravitate towards those roles
@Alicia: yes, and people can “keep” us in certain roles, too, to their benefit.
Agreed - I’ve been put in a healer role and feel very conflicted about it because it put me in morally gray areas that I wasn’t expected for
emotional labor for men of color ^
@BD DeCarlo Exactly
YES!!! I think this connects with asset based community development to use these roles as colums or groups to gather those in the community who operate in these roles and core competencies!
Healer, first responder
homebirth first responder and healer
Disruptor, which is interesting because now, we're so focused on moving forward together. Not that disruption is ever really valued in a supremacist system
I cant remember all the roles names
Can we have the map in the screen, please?
For the institutional church, being a disruptor has been calling out injustices; in this time of crisis, the institution claims that it wants to be about disruption, but doesn’t know how to engage (or it simply doesn’t want to and feigns not knowing as an excuse).
The map and the definitions were also emailed out to us yesterday!
Map is also here - https://buildingmovement.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Role-In-An-Ecosystem.pdf
Weaver~ Guide & Visionary are the three prime roles I have in my org and I need my ecosystem to be more clear with expectations and timelines of what they are seeking from the folx I guide as well as specific goals they have in mind when they make a general request of us.
Overall, the idea of an ecosystem itself is staying with me - it’s hard for me to do social change as a solo agent, especially if my sweet spot is a weaver – it requires having things to weave together, which can’t happen when you work alone.
healer and storyteller
Also as a healer in my personal and prof life this is the overarching role I feel called to be all the time
As a storyteller, I'm finding myself serving as a voluntary microphone for people in other roles within my social change ecosystem, who've asked me to help them frame and amplify our shared goals.
caregiver and storyteller
I out the definitions off the email. thanks
By grace I show up as a weaver, visionary, healer and guide primarily
Could we send the reflection questions in the chat?
Working as the Member Liaison at a nonprofit, I find myself floating between Builder, Caregiver, Storyteller, and experimenter. What is neat is my Director I feel balances against the steps im taking by being both a guide and healer so that I can navigating supporting folks on the frontlines providing support to survivors of sexual assault.
storyteller, visionary, experimenter and some time disrupter.
I feel like a Weaver and Guide my background is in law. But speaking of right role, I wonder if I wouldnt be better in a different role..
As a nursing student, I feel as though the caregiver and healer roles resonate with me the most
Reflection ?s: 1. what roles do I play now? 2. What roles do people play in ecosystem? 3. What story emerges?
As someone who often plays the role of healer and caregiver, I am realizing that I don't allow the space for other people to fill those roles for me.
weaver for others, frontline responders/caregiving in my day to day work, builders for the family, healer by nature, disrupter by choice
Robin (they/them): I tend to fall pretty naturally into Caregiver and Healer. I can take on the roles of Disruptor and Builder, but it doesn't come naturally to me.
Weaver. Experimenter. Storyteller. Guide. My current work requires me to think deeply about the possibilities (or limits) of collaboration and how people self organize into dynamic, functional teams. I am not in a place to lead those teams, but make connections and tell stories about the work happening helps to build cohesion. This work is largely built on experimental facilitation where I help groups unpack their collective thinking. Sometimes that forces me to limit my ambitions because a container only offers a limited amount of time to get through BIG CHANGE.
I think I see myself sort of dabbling in many of these, but not really putting in the effort to hone & improve my skills so that I can become effective. I most identify myself as a disrupter, caregiver, weaver, and visionary
Teresita Hurtado Ramos
As a SJW I'm definitely still a disrupter and storyteller but I've noticed that my spouse has been playing the Healer role more so for me than ever. He's Empath and is very sensitive to folks' energy so this has been hard on him HOWEVER I have emotionally "barfed" on him a few times being overwhelmed playing all these full time roles such as working, while parenting and teaching my 5 year old that's on the spectrum of Autism. I'm grateful for him!
Roles: caregiving, healing, guide, builder. biggest insight is that what I’m doing now is enough. And, I might feel inspired to support the nonprofit orgs I work with more as a guide.
fatigue is real haha
I think that being in a small non-profit I get pulled into all but I feel most comfortable with being a builder.
Amber (she/her): I'm a disruptor, mainly, but I also perform caregiver and visionary pretty well. Frontline responder, when necessary.
I dont see the second list of roles on the email
And this feeling of guilt for taking care of yourself or taking time for yourself
So deeply rooted
This is a great self-reflection tool and will be really useful as a facilitator, volunteer facilitator coordinator and trainer.
Realizing that I'm trying to fill every role,and that there are some roles that are more Natural/Powerful for me to play, some that I feel Pressured/Have to do because no one else is, and others that are Sacrificed/Hard to play because of other demands.
Looking at the roles was an affirmation that I actually am contributing more than I think I am. And I want to do / learn more. Thanks! Weaver, caregiver, story teller, guide.
And how to determine what is ‘a lot’ and ‘too much’ and ‘just right’ can be a challenge!
Insecurity/lack of confidence in taking on new roles
@martine I got the email on April 23rd
I manage a bunch researchers while conducting my own, all of us disrupting a status quo adjacent to our day jobs anchored in the status quo. Disruptor is a really weird contested role, a label used to interfere with change in process/ discredit.
@Lisa Rosenthal- I relate to those feelings a lot!
Weaver/Builder and Caregiver/Healer
There is a discomfort in getting used to new roles - after once being visionary/ frontline/ builder … is it “enough” to be storyteller/ guide/ caregiver
releasing pressure on myself to be a visionary…looking to others for vision.
How can we connect with participants after the webinar?
yes let's stay connected
yes would love to stay connected!
Agreed! I would love to stay connected as well!
hey all! a few folks offered their contact info above in the chat to stay connected regionally
i think there is way to connect all our local ecosytems to develop a shared story as well
SpeakOut is going to consider making a Facebook group, so we will let everyone know through email about that
Thank you! That would be really helpful!
Teresita Hurtado Ramos
That would be GREAT SpeakOut! Y'all have been awesome and I appreciate your resources!
@SpeakOut that would be wonderful! From Oakland, CA. :)
Yes, that would be great. I am SO looking for allies in the work of Women’s Center International
Yes please on the FB group.
That would be amazing
Deepa, Cynthia - can you speak to creating roles for people to aid the task of sustaining an endeavor as an act of soft delegation?
“coming to the rescue is not always helpful.” Such a good reminder.
i love organizing around our core competencies as we re-imagine our communities and dismantling the structural violence thru centering at the margins!!
Teresita Hurtado Ramos
Yes Cynthia!!!! My healing is connected to your healing my friend!
thank you Cynthia!
Thank you Cynthia!
wow great job Cynthia!!!
Amazing Black Woman-Haitian energy!!!!
Cynthia, you are a balm! You exude healing energy! Wise words. Thank you!
Have to jump on another call, but many thanks to Deepa, Cynthia and SpeakOut Now team. Really helpful to stimulate thinking for developing staff, building organization and building the field.
How can you differentiate between roles that you’ve been conditioned to avoid taking on and roles that genuinely aren’t a good fit for you?
daughter headed back to “school.” Thank you everyone!
heading to another zoom. once again, a revelatory experience. THANK YOU.
Arundhati Roy’s recent conversation with Imani Perry for Haymarket Books on her essay “The Pandemic is a Portal” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmQLTnK4QTA
Thank so much for this.
Thank you for this beautiful treasure. What a blessing. Thank you to all the folks who are here! May you be well and thriving!
Thank you so much!
Teresita Hurtado Ramos
Amalia, Deepa - thank you for organizing this.
This was so great and needed.
We are sending books to incarcerated youth in IL who are missing out on school and other programming during the pandemic, folks can read more and give here: https://www.liberationlib.com/covid-19-response-shop-local.html
Hey all! Again if anyone in the Bay wants to connect - email me at email@example.com and I’ll connect us all!
This has been amazing! Will there be recording available to share with friends and peers?
Thank you for hosting, Amalia!
Thank you so much!!!
Thank you, Deepa and Cynthia!!!
Thank you so much for your time and knowledge!
Really lovely. Thank you!
Gracias! / Thank you
Thank you so much!!
Thank you so much!
Thank you everyone
AMAZING!! Thank you so much!
Thank you so much! ^.^
Big thanks, wishes for peace and health!
Thank you- this was wonderful!
Phenomenal - thank you!!!
Thank you for taking the time to reflect, share, and guide. The map was revelatory when I first discovered it and I deeply appreciate today.
Be well and stay connected
This was so nourishing to the spirit! Thank you all for sharing and Deepa and Amalia for facilitating!!!
Deepa, you are AMAZING!!! So grateful for your solidarity!
thank you for sharing your wisdom and hard work
so grateful, thank you!
This was wonder and helpful. Thank you, Deepa.
This was so necessary! Thank you so much!
Grateful for your presence!
this was incredible, thanks everyone!