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Community Organization for Inclusion

August 18, 2018 8:30 am until August 18, 2018 12:00 pm
At Starbridge
      1650 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620, USA
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In communities across the world, ordinary people are actively learning together how to work for social justice and build opportunities for relationships between people with and without disabilities.

NYS Partners in Policymaking and Starbridge welcome Caitlin Petrakis Childs to the Finger Lakes region for a half-day workshop on community-building. Caitlin is passionate about interdependence, intersectionality and building movements that cross identity lines and support communities to create their own solutions to issues that they face.

You will learn about the building blocks that encourage all members of a community to contribute and meaningfully participate in civic life, enhance social connections through collective action, and build more avenues to natural supports and relationships outside of human services.

Caitlin’s approaches center people living with multiple marginalized identities, whether they have a disability and/or they are a person of color, LGBTQ, poor, an immigrant, a refugee, or have experienced homelessness or incarceration. We are finding new ways to build solidarity and reciprocity across and among identity lines and are learning to become better allies with others working to overcome the injustice of social exclusion.

This workshop will describe how community organizing can be used to work for true social inclusion through storytelling and interactive, experiential, group activities. Participants will take home practical ways to apply these ideas in their own work.

For more information, or to register for this workshop, visit http://nyspip.org/speaker-series/register


Caitlin Petrakis Childs is a Community Organizer and Freelance Consultant based in Atlanta, GA. She has been active in social justice movements for nearly 20 years and has dedicated most of the past decade to working in disability communities. She was the founding Director of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Real Communities Initiative, which was awarded the 2016 Full Community Inclusion award by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Caitlin is deeply committed to relationship building as the foundation of community building and social change work. You can learn more about her by visiting www.caitlinpetrakischilds.com.


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