Community Engagement for Human Rights and Social Justice Practitioners


When: Friday, November 15
Time:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027, Room 320C
Cost: $345 – Early Bird Rate (by October 18) $395 – regular rate.
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Effective community engagement can be an essential aspect of human rights and social justice work, and yet remains a challenge for many practitioners. This workshop will examine questions such as: Where do you begin? How do you identify and build relationships with community members? How do you effectively engage and communicate with community members? How do you ensure that engagement is inclusive, equitable and reaches marginalized voices? What does meaningful participation look like? How do you ensure accountability? What are the relevant ethical considerations? 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be better able to:  critically examine how community engagement can be a valuable approach to human rights and social justice work; identify and analyze various elements of community engagement using a rights-based approach; identify community members, assess needs, identify opportunities for collaboration, effectively communicate with key stakeholders, address conflicts, and develop implementation strategies; identify and discuss challenges (including ethical, logistical, organizational) that may be encountered through this work, and how they might be addressed; and apply best/promising practices to their work.

Facilitator: Nahal Zamani is an Advocacy Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she directs CCR’s advocacy and campaigns in the U.S. Nahal’s advocacy portfolio includes challenging the NYPD’s abusive stop and frisk practices and other discriminatory policing practices; economic and gender justice work; and the persecution and criminalization of LGBTQ communities. Nahal advocates regularly on a range of issues before elected officials, the UN and the public. On behalf of CCR, Nahal engages directly with impacted communities to identify collaborative campaign opportunities. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) campaign in NYC. A frequent public speaker, Nahal’s work has been featured in BRIC TV, the NY Times, City and State NY and MSNBC.

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