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Community Organizing and Advocacy

Registration deadline: June 7th

15 CEUs/CPH units

Gary Parker, MSW
Associate Dean, External Affairs, Brown School
Director, Clark-Fox Policy Institute

Atia Thurman, MSW
Associate Director, Clark-Fox Policy Institute
Manager, Brown School Initiatives

Community-based public health and social work practice seeks to improve the social and economic quality of life for vulnerable populations using multiple methods of empowerment-based interventions. This course offers participants an overview of how methods of community organization accomplish goals that are relevant to social work and public health practitioners. Additionally, the course will explore community organization activities that address the values of social justice and racial equity.

Participants will learn how to effect change through an understanding of the organizational structure of institutional power. Course instructors will guide participants through defining campaign goals, detailing a strategy, identifying appropriate tactics, engaging key stakeholders and developing a plan of action.

Class size is limited to 25.

$650 General admission
$450 Non-profit/government employees (1st Summer Institute class)
$400 Non-profit/government employees (Additional Summer Institute classes)

This class will include both degree-seeking graduate students and practicing professionals. Individuals registering through Professional Development will receive continuing education units - but not academic credit - for the class.

About the Instructors:

Gary Parker.jpgPrior to joining Washington University, Gary Parker was Deputy Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work. He has held diverse government and public service positions, including Community Liaison to New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick, District Manager of Manhattan Community Board 5, and Director of Government and Community Affairs at New York University. An accomplished writer, including in The New York Times. Gary teaches courses in community organizing, social welfare policy, and global social work practice. Gary brings a passion for social justice and racial equity to all of his work and continually seeks to put theory, his academic training, and his commitment to stakeholder collaboration into practice to affect positive social change.

Atia Thurman1.jpgAtia Thurman is a Brown School alum with extensive experience in communications, public engagement and project management. As a consultant with Vector Communications Corporation for 9 years, she specialized in planning and facilitating public engagement campaigns for local and regional initiatives in the areas of community development, health and human services, and transportation. In her role as Manager of Brown School Initiatives, Thurman serves as a leader, visionary, and representative of the Dean and the School to internal and external audiences. Thurman also serves on the Clark-Fox Policy Institute’s leadership team, and as such, remains committed to building the capacity of citizens and communities to create positive change and address social justice through policy engagement.

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