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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Building a bigger table for our public symposium series

Our center's next public symposium series will focus on Equity and Youth Development. To shape it, we partnered with Imagine Deliver to (re)imagine and design what a series on this complex, important and emerging topic looks like. In July we hosted discovery sessions with staff, stakeholders and young people and gathered input via an online survey. 
Stakeholders surfaced these themes of accountability and equitable hosting:
  • Be transparent about our own equity journey.
  • Ensure that historically silenced voices are centered in both the series leadership and the expertise the series elevates.
  • Elevate youth voices and recommended celebrating the assets of traditionally under-represented communities.
  • Include elements that bridge the urban-rural divide and provide customized learning tracks for dominant culture and indigenous and person of color-identified practitioners.
  • The series must remain both practical and valuable, and help youth-serving organizations operationalize equity in realistic ways - moving beyond conversation and theory, and making equity both tangible and actionable.
Thanks to all who shared their valuable time, candid perspectives and best thinking to this process.
Stay tuned - planning for the series will begin this fall, with a kick-off in early 2018. If you'd like to explore joining our community design team, please contact Kate Walker.

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