Margaret Kaplan, president of the Housing Justice Center, led a discussion about the history of redlining, racially restrictive covenants, and other deliberate policies that led to disparities in housing ownership by race.
October 11, 2018 Experience Poverty: Interactive Poverty Simulation with PlaySpent.org
Playspent.org is an online poverty simulation tool developed by Urban Ministries of Durham. During this simulation, you are asked to make choices about how you will earn and spend money. Some choices have consequences when made, and job loss is always a possibility. Using this online tool helps you experience just a small percentage of what it feels like to live in poverty
November 29, 2018 Dr. Becky Evan on the topic “Unconscious Bias”
Part of our human experience is our brain’s ability to continually make behind-the-scenes decisions to get through our day efficiently. This unconscious bias is mostly a good thing but it’s important to understand how unconscious bias negatively affects our thoughts and behaviors. This interactive session helps us understand what unconscious bias is, how it manifests itself in our relationships, and how we can create more innovative, caring, and inclusive relationships with those around us.
January 29, 2019 Building Strong Volunteer Relationships
Volunteering is a critical way to effect social change in underserved communities—even with a minimal time commitment. Opportunity Saint Paul’s partners depend on volunteer labor to expand work that changes lives. Successful volunteer experiences rely on building effective, authentic relationships between volunteers and clients. Brooke Hanson Rivers and Xander Gershberg from Reading Partners provide insight into how volunteers can build authentic relationships with the people with whom they work.
OSP volunteers interact with a wide range of community members. When people of differing cultures and socio-economic backgrounds work together, their communication styles and expectations can vary. This learning community event focused on one specific method for achieving this outcome — Motivational Interviewing.
Presenter: Aiyana Machado, E3 Education, Excellence & Equity Topics: understanding trauma and its impact on brain development, cultural resilience, and new tools to help volunteers in their work with students & clients
September 14, 2017: Head and Heart – An Introduction to Economic Mobility Guest speakers: Dr. MayKao Hang, Jim Scheibel; panel with Nou Yang and students from Amherst H. Wilder’s Youth Leadership Initiative, Rev. David Ostendorf