13. February 2020 - 9:30 till 12:00
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Our Shared Work: Lifting up Democracy from Grassroots to Grass Tops | University of Massachusetts Boston | Thursday, 13. February 2020

During challenging times in the socio-economic and political landscape, how does and can the university work with communities to engage individuals in efforts to lift-up democracy through grassroots organizing, public policy and institutional reforms, and civic engagement? How do we work together to ignite activism and support activists looking to build a stronger, more just and equitable democracy that also addresses the needs of our most vulnerable communities?
The fireside chat will be an opportunity to deepen the dialogue about community based partnerships, the role of the university in the greater community and how we can engage in lifting up our democracy with integral partners.
From UMass Boston:

Susan Crandall, professor in Public Policy and Director of the Center for Social Policy
Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, interim director for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy
Eduardo Siqueira, associate professor in the School for the Environment

Organizational leaders:

Diana Hwang, founder and executive director, Asian-American Women's Political Initiative
Maria Elena Letona, executive director, Neighbor to Neighbor
Kevin C. Peterson, founder and executive director, The New Democracy Coalition

The discussion will be facilitated by special guest Imari K. Paris Jeffries, executive director, Parenting Journey and UMass Trustee.
Directions to Campus
Please allow yourself time to find your way. Here are a few tips for navigating to and around UMass Boston.
MBTA: Take the redline to UMass/JFK station and take the #1 Shuttle to the Campus Center.
Driving: If you plan to drive, we *highly* recommend parking at the Bayside Lot (200 Mt. Vernon Street) and taking the #3 shuttle which will drop you off at the Campus Center. The cost for parking at the Bayside Lot is $9.
Other lots available near campus cost up to $15 and include a short walk:
University Lot D (access is across from the Clark Athletic Center, adjacent to the Calf Pasture Pumping Station)
West Garage (includes HP spaces, EV spaces, bicycle parking, and car/vanpool parking)
Campus Center Garage (includes HP spaces and space for admissions guests)
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