Morning Session: 11:15 am – 1 pm
Without an understanding of the impact and the strength of race, gender, cultural, class, sexual orientation, and other differences, communications often breakdown which would lead to mistrust and resistance. Long-time organizers who have effectively worked with diverse communities and coalitions will lead a discussion on such strategies as: Check your own assumptions and privileges; learn to connect with your own lived experiences; highlight the strengths within the communities; use respectful language that fosters trust; use cultural appropriate language/translators; adapt your communication style to the cultural community; use appropriate outreach means and tactics, etc.
Kathleen Pequeño, Progressive Communicators Network
Elena Letona, Consultant