Caitlin will be presented a workshop on Community Organizing for Inclusion as part of the New York State Partners in Policymaking 2018 Speakers Series this August!
Date: August 18, 2018
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Location: Starbridge, 1650 South Ave., Suite 200, Rochester, 14620 and Online
Workshop Description: Our communities are treasure chests of possibility waiting to be discovered. In communities across the world ordinary people are actively learning together how to work for social justice and build opportunities for intentional and reciprocal relationships between people who with and without disabilities. Drawing on approaches and philosophies such as Asset Based Community Development, Popular Education, Intersectionality, Person Centered Values and Visionary Organizing, we are learning much about the conditions 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.
These approaches center people who live at the intersection of 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, whatever its cause.
This workshop will include an overview of how community organizing can be used to work for true social inclusion through storytelling and interactive, experiential large and small group activities. Participants will be offered practical ways of how to take these ideas and use them back home.
Presenter(s): Caitlin Petrakis-Childs
Caitlin 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. She is passionate about interdependence, intersectionality and building movements that cross identity lines and support communities to create their own solutions to their problems, particularly in the South. You can learn more about her by visiting http://www.caitlinpetrakischilds.com.