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Ensuring Effective Communications with Communities of Color

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We hear and read a lot these days about social justice, equity, and privilege. Some of us participate in protest marches calling attention to these issues, and some of us don’t know what these terms mean.

TimeMagCvrThe City of Seattle has a “Race and Social Justice Initiative.” The UW this spring offered an “Equity and Difference” lecture series on “Privilege.” The Seattle Art Museum has an “Equity Team” working to broaden the museum’s connection with communities of color.

Understanding why this kind of effort is happening, and why it’s especially needed in today’s divisive political and social climate, is crucial for communicators to be effective in their jobs.

  • How do we as communicators improve our own and others’ grasp of what has led us to this point?
  • Can our work in communications promote understanding and inclusiveness?
  • How do our internal and external communications engage diverse audiences?

We hope you will join us for this important conversation, on Tuesday, May 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. After 30 minutes of social time we will hear from our presenter, Sili Savusa, Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association.

silisavusaSili Savusa has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and community service positions involving policy development, cross-cultural coalition-building, and community organizing for social justice issues. As Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association, she leads the Association’s efforts to promote the development of White Center through leadership opportunities and community-led, neighborhood initiatives. Sili also serves as a Highline Community College trustee, on the Governor’s Commission on Closing the Achievement Gap, and on the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. She is also a trainer with The People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond, which emphasizes anti-racist community organizing and addressing issues of racial equity within institutions and systems that affect the lives of families.

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Time: ​ 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (6:30 networking; 7:00 program)

Location: The Riveter​​ “We build inspired communities for women, work and wellness. We are obsessed with creating co-work space for women to succeed in business. We offer dynamic programming, beautiful workspaces, and incentives to collaborate with fellow members.”

Registration closes May 19.

The Riveter is located at 1517 12th Avenue in Seattle (between Pine and Pike on Capitol Hill). There is 2-hour paid on-street parking directly in front of The Riveter and in the immediate surrounding blocks; from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the cost is $3.50 per hour. You may find 4-hour paid on-street parking along the east side of Cal Anderson Park on 11th Avenue, at the same price. Or free 2 hour on-street parking is northeast of The Riveter, between Pine and Denny and 12th and 15th Avenues.

Transit options include light rail (Capitol Hill station is about an 8-minute walk away), the First Hill Streetcar, which runs from Pioneer Square to Broadway (3 blocks from the venue), or Metro bus (routes 2, 10, 11, 12, 49 pass through the neighborhood – check King County Metro online).

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May 23
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Riveter
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