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Community Impact Certificate Part 3: Building Your Equity Lens (Online Classroom)

The Community Impact certificate is designed for community leaders who are interested in amplifying the impact of their mission by mobilizing their community for system-level changes. This includes the use of the collective impact framework as well as community organizing and policy or electoral advocacy movements that seek to "move the needle" on complex issues. During the learning experience, participants will have the opportunity to explore how to cause real change that improves lives, be a part of a problem-solving, peer network that is dedicated to connecting, sharing ideas, and creating a better future for others.

 Overall Certificate Objectives:
•    Recognize the individual and institutional systems, and how they work together 
•    Recognize how to imbed equity to create community impact
•    Explore the history of inequities 
•    Learn how to move from social change theory to concept to action
•    Participate in group coaching on how to apply what you have learned
•    Create a personal action plan 
•    Build a foundation for applying systems thinking 

Certificate Career Path:  Community Leader (Those who are involved in advocacy, policy change, want to learn more about how to harness your leadership skills as a way to be a part of creating community change)

Part 1:  Introduction to Social Change:  Thursday, May 6th, 2021 (9- 11:30 am, 12:30 - 3 pm CT)

This workshop consists of two parts; a Morning Session with Megan Godbey, and an afternoon session with Joy Bronson.

Morning Session with Megan Godbey 
Join us in exploring what we can do to further empower our Nashville community through social change with Megan Godbey, the Adult Education Systems Manager for the Nashville Public Library. Collective Impact is a type of social change framework for bringing people together to work differently toward a common mission. In this session, learn what the Collective Impact framework is and how this approach can create community-wide change. Participants will learn what types of problems are best suited for Collective Impact (CI) and how this large-scale work can be structured to increase success. 

Learning Objectives:
•    Identify the five conditions of the CI framework
•    Describe the evolution of the CI framework (CI 3.0)
•    Determine which types of social problems are best suited for the CI approach
•    Explain the difference between technical and adaptive problems

Afternoon Session  with Joy Bronson
Equity has become a national buzzword since our 2021 Presidential Inauguration. But what is equity, and why does it matter in systems change and community impact? What does it look like, and how do we practice for genuine and meaningful impact here in Nashville? Joy E. Bronson of CauseImpact, LLC will facilitate this introductory session on understanding equity as a work of community engagement and practice--and why it’s critical to begin practicing right where we are now.

Learning Objectives:
•    Interconnecting the importance of equity as itself a condition of successful systems change work.
•    Understanding the historical and present reality of the construction of systemic inequities--and so why they must be deconstructed to achieve equity.
•    Exploring the distinction between awareness, education, and practice.
•    Understanding the importance of equity practice in our own roles and spaces of power to become successful and competent in practice organizationally.

Part 2:  Systems Change for Social Change Makers with Rod Devore

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 (9 - 11:30 am, 12:30 - 3 pm CT)

Systems change has been increased in popularity with nonprofits, funders, and practitioners who are ready to focus on the root causes of social problems. But what is systems change and how can I use it?  Join Systems Change experts and practitioner Rod DeVore to learn more about what it is and what it looks like in the real world. Through interactive and visual activities like systems mapping, learn tools to help you start focusing on the root issues in society.  

Learning Objectives:
•    Understand what Systems Thinking is and how it applies to social change
•    Learn how to create and use Cluster Maps and Actor Maps 
•    Build a Culture of Learning: fostering systems thinking in your organization 

Part 3:  Building Your Equity Lens  with Sarah Bounse 

Thursday, July 15th, 2021 (9- 11:30 am, 12:30 - 3 pm CT)

One strategy is to develop a specific set of questions that allow you and your organization to ask yourselves, “Is this policy/practice/program/initiative of ours equitable? If not, why and how can we make it more equitable and fairer?” This set of questions is your organization’s equity lens. Join Sarah Bounse to learn about equity and systemic inequities, what an equity lens is, and how to develop and implement your own equity lens, which can lead to systemic change in your organization and community. This workshop will include time and resources to help organizations develop their own specific equity lens for their particular sectors and focus areas.

Learning Objectives:
•    Identify what the basics of equity are and why they matter.
•    Learn critical points in history that have led to current inequities.
•    Identify strategies to embed equity into organizational practices, programs, and/or policies. 
•    Learn how to develop your own equity lens and how it will help reach your mission and vision.
•    Explore tools for how to implement equity processes in your organization.
•    Participants will walk away with a drafted equity lens to share with their organization.
•    Understand what barriers Nashville organizations are facing in achieving equity

This certificate is part of a 3-part series. You must attend each session in addition to three electives to complete the certificate. To sign up, register through Part 1, which will automatically enroll you in the three core classes. You may view your Community Impact Certificate electives here.

July 15th, 2021 9:00 AM through  3:00 PM
Workshop Price
Member $100 / Nonmember $200 $ 200.00
Certificate Details
Certificate Course Community Impact Part 3