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Courage to Lead for Social Impact: Retreat Series
Apr 7 all-day
Courage to Lead® for Social Impact
Retreat #1: 9/30/16 iLEAP – Seattle, WA
Retreat #2: 1/27/17 iLEAP – Seattle, WA
Retreat #3: 4/7/17 iLEAP – Seattle, WA
Retreat #4: 6/2/17-6/4/17 Whidbey Institute – Clinton, WA

Courage to Lead® for Social Impact is a renewal and leadership retreat

series that will create the first cohort in a new network of leaders across

the greater Seattle and Northwest region. The program is for people

who are committed to making a positive difference in the world, while

strengthening the fabric of social equity in our community. We envision

a safe and welcoming place to foster reflective leadership and forge

trustworthy relationships among others with similar passion, helping us

sustain each other in our long-term commitments. While most of us are

focused on the external demands of change, we also need a place to

cultivate and nourish our leadership within, in the company of wise and

understanding colleagues.

Courage to Lead® for Social Impact is for you, if:

• You are a leader and a decision maker who is working toward a

more just, compassionate and healthy world.

• You want to be in community with people who you’ll come to

know, trust and support as allies.

• You want to take your leadership to the next level and you

welcome introspection and personal growth.

• You want to learn with a diverse community of leaders from

across professional sectors in order to sustain your commitment

to solving complex social issues.

Join other leaders from Greater Seattle and the Pacific Northwest in this

deep dive into the heart of leadership. Through storytelling, reflection

and facilitated discussions, you’ll have an opportunity to consider your

heart’s work, renew your energy and passion for your cause, and

strengthen your leadership within a community of practice.

Support the African-American Writers’ Alliance
Apr 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

4/9   Columbia City Library National Poetry Month 

Leading for Equity in Complex Systems
Apr 10 @ 8:00 am – Apr 11 @ 4:00 pm

Leading for Equity in Complex Systems

April 10–11, 2017
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Northwest Regional ESD
Hillsboro, Oregon

Whether it’s implementing the Common Core for all students, addressing disproportionality in discipline, or redesigning entire schools, many education leaders approach their system’s challenges and change initiatives as complicated problems to solve. But equity challenges are more than complicated – they are complex – so emergent solutions must be found through dynamic interactions of diverse people and networks working together. Leaders in complex systems must be skilled at balancing both technical and relational approaches.

This seminar will help you to think, engage and act differently about your work: to expand your equity consciousness and move beyond a perpetual (and often reactive) task list toward more dynamic approaches to problem solving and decision-making. Explore process and planning tools that can match the level of complexity in your situation and context. Consider how to link your day-to-day activities with your long-term vision of equity, even in a changing and unpredictable world.

Space is filling up, so register soon!

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During these sessions, participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the inherent tensions, contradictions and uncertainty in leading for equity in complex systems
  • Use a complex systems and systemic oppression lens to assess your system’s opportunities and challenges
  • Learn a framework and approach for problem-identification, decision-making, and taking action in your system
  • Reflect on your own leadership, given your identity, role, and responsibilities — and generate ideas about possible next moves regarding an equity challenge you are facing

Who should attend

District office managers and directors, program directors, school leaders, board members — anyone charged with implementing significant initiatives or projects involving multiple people and groups. Participants are strongly encouraged to come with colleagues from the same context.

If you need more information

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Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm



Learn the Art and Science of group facilitation by joining us for this engaging and interactive  workshop.  Read below for more information!


One of the most important skills of an effective community leader is the ability to facilitate group discussions and help groups make decisions together in a way that engages the voices of everyone in the group.  Too often, we get thrown into the role of facilitator without having been taught the fundamentals and/or had a chance to practice.  In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to both learn and practice the fundamentals in a fun, interactive, and non-threatening environment.

In this full-day workshop, participants will:

  • clarify the role and key skills of an effective facilitator
  • learn how to use the experiential learning cycle as a tool for group reflection
  • learn meeting management skills including prep, set-up, agenda planning, and more!
  • practice and get feedback on facilitation skills
  • reflect on what it means to facilitate with an “equity lens”


Early Bird rate: $125.00

Individual Registration Fee:  $150.00

Inquire about special group rate for organizations sending 3 or more staff! email Mike for more info!

Register now by following this LINK!

Underserved Communities & At-Risk Youth Seminar
Apr 13 @ 7:00 am – 7:15 am

Underserved Communities & At-Risk Youth Seminar

In Beautiful Seattle, WA


Thursday April 13, 2017 (Open to the General Public)

Registration 7-8AM

8-8:10AM Opening Speakers-TBD

8:10-9:30 Gang Prevention & Intervention, Gabe Morales & Louis Guiden

9:40-11:30 Native Youth and Gang Activity-Ret. Capt. Chris Grant, Rapid City, SD


11:30-12:30 Lunch (on your own)


12:30-2PM Asian & Pacific Island Youth and Intervention, Chhay Loy & Vince Vaielua

2:15-3:15PM Effectively Dealing with East African Youth-SPD-Habtamu Abdi

3:30-4:30 Group Break-Outs

4:30-5PM Closing & Certificates


To be held at the Clarion Hotel, 3000 S 176th St, Sea-Tac, WA 98188

Rooms $79 Discount Code: GPS    Clarion Website:


There is Limited Seating, Registration is $100

After April 1, 2017 Cost for this Seminar is $150

For more info e-mail: or see

Community Caucusing & Social Hour
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

Puget Sound Community School
660 S Dearborn St
Seattle, WA 98134

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Learn. Share. Connect.

In the first of what will be a recurring event, NPARC invites members of the community to two hours of caucusing (3:00pm-5:00pm) with a subsequent networking social hour at a local cafe.

Community caucuses (or affinity groups) allow folks who share a certain identity to discuss oppression related to that identity. The NPARC leadership team will be leading three simultaneous caucuses centering on race: people of color, multi-racial folks, and white people.

Through talking with people who are like us, we can gain new insights into our own beliefs as well as others. We can gain support. We can practice talking about difficult issues and unpack our own “baggage” before we join discussions in a mixed group. People who participate in caucusing gain mutual support and learn that they have a voice in making a difference. Participants also build new relationships and trust as well as explore different ways to work with others.*

Many workplaces have found caucusing to be a beneficial addition to other equity and inclusion initiatives, and experiencing caucusing for yourself may help you to see the value it can bring to your organization. NPARC also understands that many of us are doing this work without a built-in community, so we are seeking to provide this as a regular place for people to connect and share their experiences.

Once we have concluded our caucuses, we invite you to socialize and network with each other at Eastern Cafe, just up the street.

Note: Audio or visual recording, including photography, is not permitted at this event.

Future caucus meetings will be open to NPARC members only. Come and check out one of the benefits of being a part of NPARC and consider joining today!

*This verbiage comes from Dialogue for Affinity Groups, a publication of Everyday Democracy.

Community Meeting Location:

Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) is on the ground floor of the Key Bank building two blocks east of Uwajimaya. Street parking is available, but we also encourage use of transit. The building is a five minute walk from the International District/Chinatown tunnel station. Enter the school on the west side of the building, down a pathway/ramp. There are no stairs to climb at this venue, and we ask that participants refrain from wearing scent or cologne in consideration of folks with sensitivities.

Social Hour/Networking Location:

Eastern Cafe at 510 Maynard Ave S is just one and a half blocks north of PSCS. Please join us after 5:00 for networking and socializing. Even if you are unable to make it to the community meeting, you are welcome at the social hour, no ticket required!

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Non-Profit Anti-Racism Coalition

Support the African-American Writers’ Alliance
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

4/19    Third Place Books (National Poetry Month) 

7:30 p. m.

Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism
Apr 20 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
April 20, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Storytelling is an ancient human technology meant to encapsulate information and build connections. We are all capable of sharing our stories and more importantly, to witnessing and hearing each other with openness and compassion.
Many of us set out with the very best of intentions but are not always able to discern how best to implement our ideals. This course will allow participants hands-on practice using the fundamentals of storytelling: intentions vs. impact, inciting action, deep listening, facing challenges, and resolution; to bring about measurable and meaningful change in their lives and at their organizations.
How can we strategically explore and dismantle problematic racial structures in our organizations using our own personal stories?
During this training, facilitators will guide participants in the following:
  • Exploring the narratives behind your institution’s organizational chart.
  • Practicing deep listening, especially with regards to the language of power & privilege.
  • Role-play for navigating difficult conversations and the anatomy of making amends.

Join us in this training to explore how storytelling can be used to develop concrete strategies to help individuals and organizations actively engaged in anti-racist work.

To learn more & to register: click here

Teens Take A Stand: Learn About Your Rights
Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Room Location The Gayton Family Meeting Room
Audience Teens
Language English
Summary Hey, Teens! Join us for an evening of community, information sharing and empowerment. Learn about your rights all while you enjoy spoken word, guest speakers, food and raffle prizes!
Description Learn about:

  • Your Rights
  • Identifying & Reporting Hate Crimes
  • How to be an Ally
  • Resources Available to You

The event will feature teen performers and guest speakers from CAIR, One America, ACLU and more!

Notes Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This program is organized by Douglass-Truth Teen Service Learners.

Contact Info Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian
Room Capacity Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
Ikebana:A Contemporary Approach
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm