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Community Organizing Skill Builder Series
As part of IUPUI's commitment to community, the Office of Community Engagement's Family, School and Neighborhood Engagement initiative and the Center for Service and Learning are continuing to develop opportunities that support local community and campus members in developing local networks and honing the skills of effecitve coalition building that can be used to support social change in Indianapolis. Beginning in 2015, the Community Organizing Skill Builder Series creates co-learning environments among campus and community members to enhance understanding of community organizing principles and strengthen the ability of participants to use organizing tactics effectively.
Upcoming offerings in our ongoing series are listed below.
Story Mapping to Power Mapping
Facilitators: DeAmon Harges and Tamara Leech
Description: This workshop will focus on one tool that can be used in community organizing efforts: power mapping. Power mapping can take many forms, but it always focuses on making strategic plans to influence key decision makers. Anyone who is interested in moving beyond having good intentions and towards taking social action should be able to use the techniques and strategies covered in this workshop. Lunch provided. This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited so pre-registration is required.
DATE: Saturday, June 25th, 2016
TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: IBEW Local 481 #205
1828 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Presenter Profile - DeAmon Harges
DeAmon Harges is the original "Roving Listener" as a neighbor and staff member of the Broadway United Methodist Church, in Indianapolis, IN. His role is to listen and discover the gifts, passions, and dreams of citizens in his community and to find ways to utilize them in order to build community, economy, and mutual "delight." The bulk of DeAmon's work is based on the principles and practices of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) that brings neighbors and instutions together to discover the power of being a good neighbor. DeAmon builds on what is already present and in place in the neighborhood, using those formally undiscovered assets to connect and empower rather than working only from the community's needs and deficits. There as now a core of "Roving Listeners" working in the Broadway Methodist Church neighborhood.
DeAmon is also a Co-founder of Tesserae Learning Community. Tesserae Learning LLC was conceived in the fall of 2011 as a way to begin conversations about how to bring the ideas of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), Theory U, and other contemporary practices tothe forefront of community and organizational life.
In May of 2014, DeAmon founded The Learning Tree, LLC. The Learning Tree is an association of neighbors that specializes in Asset-Based Community Development, learning and education that improves the quality of lives of people, communities, schools, and businesses. We teach the value of seeing the girls of every single person and how to utilize those gifts in ways that increase learning, which help young people and neighbors discover the power of getting to know each other and finding their gifts in ways that build community, economy, and mutual delight.
Presenter Profile - Tamara Leech
Tamara Leech is an Associate Professor in the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She is an Investigator in the Center for Urban Health (an IUPUI Signature Center), and adjunct faculty member of the IUPUI Sociology Department, and is the Chair of the Society for the Study of Social Problem's Community Research and Development Division.
Tamara Leech graduated from the Sociology Department at the Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her training appointment was in the Population Research Center at the Institute for Survey Research with a specialization in social stratification. Since completing her degree, Dr. Leech's work has been recognized with various awards, including the Butler University Golden Apple Teaching Award, the IUPUI Tonja Conour Faculty Service Award, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Early Career Scholar Award. She has funding for her research endeavors from a variety of agencies and foundations, such as the Indiana State Department of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation.
Her general area of research is the social determinant of health behaviors among Black adolescents. More specifically, she is interested in examining race, gender, and neighborhood context of violence and risky sexual behaviors. Much of her research focuses on integrating Community Based Participatory Research methods into qualitative analyses of health disparities.
The IUPUI Community Organizing Skill Builder Series has four goals:
Goal 1: To increase the community organizing knowledge and skills of IUPUI students, faculty, staff and community members and to further their development as community change agents.
Goal 2: To connect IUPUI students, faculty, staff and community members with local organizations working for social change.
Goal 3: To strengthen the development of Civic-Minded graduates and professionals.
Goal 4: To strengthen the university’s capacity as an anchor institution that contributes to positive social change in the Indianapolis community.