Learning Sessions

The Social Change Leadership Network offer learning sessions to provide a space for leaders to obtain new skills, reflect critically on their work and learn from other individuals and organizations confronting similar dilemmas.

A main goal of the learning sessions is to yield new and practical insights and strategies that contribute to social change organizations' capacity and sustainability, while also enhancing individual and collective leadership capacity for social action.

SCLN learning sessions topics and formats have been carefully crafted based on what we have learned through RCLA's work and research with social change leaders over the past seven years, as well as the input we have received directly from leaders through group interviews, surveys and learning session evaluations.

Each learning session is co-designed and co-facilitated by a team of RCLA staff and social change leaders with substantial experience in the topic matter.

While there are no learning sessions scheduled at this time, topics from previous sessions are included below. Please email us with questions.

Essential Tools for Essential Organizing:
Training for Trainers

Joan Minieri, co-founder of Community Voices Heard and co-author of Tools for Radical Democracy: How to Organize for Power in Your Community, in collaboration with RCLA staff, facilitates a learning session that connects social change leaders to practical, diverse and effective methods of popular education and training.

Through the session, participants identify training methods that provoke critical thought, participation and partnership; learn with social change leaders and the RCLA team through hands-on experience; and enhance their training-design skills-set, such as designing truly participatory trainings, to help advance the work of social change organizations.

This session also draws on social change leaders' own experiences to examine and practice the fundamentals of creating effective workshops and trainings. This training is most beneficial for community organizers, program directors and coordinators that provide trainings, organizing and education work. 

Community Organizing Basics

In this political moment, it is critically important to define and deepen our collective understanding of what community organizing is and how it helps achieve social justice goals.

This learning session provides the opportunity for participants to consider how different types of organizations and practitioners could best participate in organizing for justice, starting with the basics. Many participants come with an interest in exploring the organizing possibilities in their own communities or organizations. This session provides the opportunity for participants to explore what community organizing is and how organizing for power is different from other approaches to addressing community problems; to see how to start or strengthen their own community organizing initiatives; and to learn with social change leaders and the RCLA team through hands-on experience.

This session is designed for a full range of staff, directors and community leaders, including those who work in social services, advocacy and similar nonprofit settings. This session is for those who are curious about, or new to community organizing and are considering or exploring organizing possibilities in their own communities or with their organizations. 

How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media Tools to Enhance Their Social Justice Impact

Today’s rapidly evolving social media hold enormous promise for social change and nonprofit organizations to share resources; respond instantly to breaking news and policy developments; and connect and motivate constituents, stakeholders and potential donors.

This series of learning sessions provides insight into new trends; hands-on experience using the latest tools; and guidance on how to apply the latest social networking applications to advance your organization’s broader strategies and unleash your organization’s full potential. These sessions provide participants the opportunity to understand the transformative possibilities of today’s social media tools for nonprofit outreach and advocacy and explore how it can contribute to their organizations becoming more effective in an increasingly networked world; get hands-on experience using internet video and chat, wikis, RSS readers, blogs, Twitter, Web sites and social network platforms; and address issues of overcoming organizational resistance to innovation and of developing coordinated social media strategies for using the various tools available.

Connecting Across Differences

Decades of research on multicultural competence in social work and other fields has found that self-knowledge and self-reflection are the foundations of skillful and respectful interactions across racial and ethnic groups.

This workshop provides tools that foster self-knowledge by enabling participants to surface and reflect on their often unconscious understandings of race, how it affects them and its role in their work. As a result, participants leave the session better equipped to engage the sometimes thorny issues of race and ethnicity.

This session is suited for anyone from front-line staff to program managers to executive directors and board members who want to enhance their cross-cultural social change work by understanding themselves better. Special Guests: Erica Gabrielle Foldy, RCLA affiliated faculty member, works with other presenters with many years of experience helping others address race and ethnicity in interpersonal and organizational contexts.

Collaborations that Work

Social justice organizations often work on shoestring budgets in environments of material scarcity. Collaborating with other organizations can be a way of having a bigger impact with little resources.

In this session participants explore the elements of effective coalitions and organizational alliances. Participants also learn practices and techniques for forming collaborations that allow organizations to accomplish together what they can't do alone.

This session is best suited for executive directors, program managers and program directors who have experience working in both successful and failed collaborations. This session is ideal for people who are looking for new knowledge from peers on how to optimize existing collaborations and nurture partnerships.

Please email us for more information.