Protecting Our Dignity in Education is a coalition that centers the voices of the Black and Brown community.
Our plan of action will be rooted in a power-building and community-organizing strategy.
The community’s talent, imagination and lived experiences fuel how we will manifest our five focus areas into reality. While the process may seem visually linear, we know that there will be phases that we’ll have to return to or will have to re-address. We hope to hear from as many voices as possible to help inform our strategy and our work to foster partnerships throughout the entire process.
Here is how you can get involved:
Opportunities for Organizations to Join POD
- COALITION MEMBER.
Attend monthly coalition meetings and joins in consensus decisions for overall POD strategy. Provides organization representation in POD activities, events. Communicate POD information to its membership base. Provides organization logo as sign of support. Promotes POD. (3-5 hours/month)
- ACTION TEAM SUPPORTER.
Engage member-base in the action planning phase. This can include recruiting your members to join action teams (see opportunities for individuals), holding a listening session with your member-base to pressure-test focus-area recommendations, etc. Provide organization logo as sign of support. Promotes POD. (2-3 hours/month)
- AD-HOC SUPPORTER.
Provide drop-in support as needed such as offering meeting space, resources, community information, etc.. Provide organization logo as sign of support. Promotes POD. (2 hours/month)
*This is an option for organizations who can't attend meetings and/or have a limited member-base.
Promotes POD by spreading the great news about overall coalition work, objectives, and calls to action via social media, blogs, community announcements. Provide organization logo as sign of support. (2 hours/month)
Opportunities for Individuals to Join POD
- ACTION TEAM CHAIR/FACILITATOR.
Facilitate action team meetings for one of the 5 focus areas. Provide community-information to support strategy development for assigned focus area. Documents strategies, group recommendations, and shares with the community. Attend monthly coalition meetings. (Approximate Time Commitment: 3-5 hours/week)
- CORE ACTION TEAM MEMBER.
Attend all action team meetings for one of the 5 focus areas and provide suggestions for strategy development and recommendations. Encourage young people to apply/join the coalition. (2-3 hours/week)
- AD-HOC ACTION TEAM MEMBER.
Same responsibility as a Core Action Team Member except, attend some meetings for one of 5 focus areas and provide drop-in support as needed (e.g., attend local community events on behalf of POD, provide skill-building for action team members, help synthesize recommendations) (2 hours/week)
Spread the great news about overall coalition work, objectives, and calls to action via social media, blogs and community announcements (1 hour/week)
- OPERATIONS SUPPORT.
Support lead facilitator with overall coalition management (e.g.. coordinates meetings, follow-up with action team members) (2 hours/week)