Foundations of Collaborative Community Change

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Foundations of Collaborative Community Change (FC3) offers a strengths-based, grassroots approach to community change, bringing champions from public institutions, non-profit organizations, philanthropic foundations, and social change movements to work together toward a more equitable future. 

In interactive, dynamic workshops, participants learn and apply proven frameworks to transform our communities and world. Through this program, participants will learn and apply strength-based methods that promote racial equity in organizations and communities, bridge understanding across sectors, and create measurable change. Through collaborative learning, participants increase their own efficacy and leadership and develop skills in collaborating across public, philanthropic, social change and nonprofit spheres of influence.

This professional certificate program, facilitated by the Community Innovation Network at Case Western Reserve University, includes a variety of strategies to take a comprehensive approach to social change. The program includes 5 workshops—Change Agents Unite, Asset Based Community Development, Appreciative Inquiry for Social Change, Facilitating Community Conversations, and Conflict Skills Fundamentals. Racial equity and inclusion is woven through the entire curriculum.  

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Presenter Bios

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Erika Brown
Community Network Manager, Neighborhood Connections
Erika works to create and facilitate spaces where people share power and everyone has a voice as they come together to develop trust, build relationships, and begin to address challenges. She brings a strong track record of trust-based community building in Cleveland neighborhoods.

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Indigo Bishop, MSSA
Choice Neighborhood Administrator, Modernization and Development, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
Indigo is a certified social justice mediator, and a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. Indigo is well known for her ability to facilitate dialogue that generates trust and builds collective action.

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Mark Chupp, PhD, MSW
Founding Director, Community Innovation Network, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Co-Director, Social Justice Institute

Mark is Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and is also the founding director of the Community Innovation Network. His work over the past 25 years has focused on appreciative inquiry, community building, community development and inter-group conflict transformation. In 2020, Mark was named Co-Director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University.

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Carolyn Colleen, PhD
Speaker and Facilitator, Founder of the FIERCE Academy, and Author of F.I.E.R.C.E: Transform Your Life in the Face of Adversity, 5 Minutes at a Time!
From standing in a food line at the Salvation Army to Ph.D., Dr. Colleen is avid about sharing her own life story and encouraging others to make changes that move them from fear to focusing on the pursuit of their passions. Previously, she built sustainable programs for quality cancer care as the program manager of a Midwestern cancer center.

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Adrianne Fletcher, PhD, MSSA, LCSW, LISW
Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion of Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Dr. Fletcher’s research focus has been on the influence of implicit attitude on decision-making within the child welfare system and the phenomena of disproportionality. Further, Dr. Fletcher enjoys making herself available to facilitate discussions regarding the intractable thicket of race and culture for agencies and organizations who are aware that they are unaware.

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JP Graulty, MA
Program Manager, Community Innovation Network
JP Graulty is a passionate, strengths-based community builder with training in Facilitating Community Conversations, Dialogue, and Asset Based Community Development. JP has worked to advance racial equity and inclusion throughout his career.

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Erika Jefferson, MS
Assistant Director of Conflict Resolution, Denison University
An award- winning conflict resolution and peace studies educator and practitioner. Prior to her current role, Erika taught conflict resolution related classes at Cuyahoga Community College for several years and mediated landlord-tenant disputes with the Cleveland Housing Court.