REAL announces the Disability Culture and Justice Leadership Institute, Saturdays September 16 – October 28, 2017!

The submission deadline has been extended!  Submit your application by midnight on August 16, 2017 to to be considered for our first cohort of leaders!

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Disability Culture and Justice Leadership Institute
Saturdays September 16 – October 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided

The intent of the Institute is to build power in disability communities by bringing together disability leaders and creating a collective home where our voices come first. Our cross disability and intersectional Institute will be based on the principles of Disability Justice. We envision that through this training, leaders will gain skills and knowledge in accessible organizing while we learn from each other. We are prioritizing the following identities to make up our cohort of leaders: 50% BIPOC, 50% Queer and 100% Disabled. Leaders will participate in interactive training sessions featuring:

  • disability culture and art
  • race, racism
  • intersectionality
  • using relational access and engagement of our bodies for liberation
  • capitalism
  • policy change
  • internalized oppression and truth-telling

Leaders will utilize these concepts to tackle real-world issues through action oriented community building and activism.

Our vision is to build a statewide Disability Justice Coalition to address institutional ableism and demand change.

Participant Expectations

  • Attend all 7 sessions.  1 session may be missed in case of emergency. Please make all effort to let us know in advance:
  • Commit to ongoing collaboration for 8 hours per month for an activism project through February 28, 2018 with one of the following organizations. Participants receive a stipend of $300 upon completion of their 6-month commitment.
    • Coverage Defense Committee (Affordable Care Act, housing)
    • REAL: Reject Economic Ableist Limits (economic justice)
  • Meet regularly with the facilitator guiding your activism project, and fill out monthly reports.
  • Update the cohort and facilitators on the work you did during your activism project at the final celebration for the Institute.
  • The Institute is open to applicants of high school age or older.

Disability Culture and Justice Leadership Institute Facilitators:
Kathy Coleman, MSW
Leila Haile
Allen Hines
Saara Hirsi
Marjorie McGee, PhD
Kiel Moses

Thanks to SE Uplift for partnering with us to provide a physical home for the Institute!SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition Logo