Effective community engagement can be an essential aspect of human rights and social justice work, and yet remains a challenge for many practitioners. This workshop will examine questions such as: Where do you begin? How do you identify and build relationships with community members? How do you effectively engage and communicate with community members? How do you ensure that engagement is inclusive, equitable and reaches marginalized voices? What does meaningful participation look like? How do you ensure accountability? What are the relevant ethical considerations?
This workshop will use interactive learning techniques and draw on practical examples, including participants’ experiences. By the end of this workshop, participants will be better able to:
- Critically examine how community engagement can be a valuable approach to human rights and social justice work;
- Identify and analyze various elements of community engagement using a rights-based approach;
- Identify community members, assess needs, identify opportunities for collaboration, effectively communicate with key stakeholders, address conflicts, and develop implementation strategies;
- Identify and discuss challenges (including ethical, logistical, organizational) that may be encountered through this work, and how they might be addressed; and
- Apply best/promising practices to their work.
This workshop is designed for those who are currently working or plan to work in the field of social justice and human rights and want to strengthen their capacity to work effectively with grassroots communities, whether that be through advocacy, campaigning, direct service, grants management, or other areas of work.
Workshop activities will be adapted according to the needs and goals of participants based on the pre-workshop survey that will be shared with all those who register. A certificate of completion will be given to those who attend the entire workshop.