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Our Belonging: A Weekly Practice hosted by OBI's Ashely Gallegos, Sarah Crowell, and Evan Bissell is back to its weekly schedule after the holiday break.
In case you are unfamiliar with belonging: a weekly practice. It is a sixty-minute drop-in. We'll mix reflection, movement, and critical inquiry to stretch our understandings and applications of belonging. BAWP is a space for discussion, co-creation, and growth.
OBI is eager to learn, bridge, and belong with you all.
Christian M. Ivey
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UC Berkeley Sustained Dialogue Retreat Participant Application
The UC Berkeley Sustained Dialogue Retreat is a weekend full of awesome people, robust dialogue, and fun activities. The UC Berkeley, Sustained Dialogue Retreat blends serious content education about systemic oppression with small group dialogue and fun relationship-building activities to create an experience that builds participants’ skills and knowledge while encouraging and empowering participants to see themselves as people who can, in partnership with others, make a meaningful difference in their community.
The 2022 UC Berkeley Sustained Dialogue Retreat will take place in-person from March 31st, 2023-April 2nd, 2023 in McCone Hall.
Any questions about the UC Berkeley Sustained Dialogue Retreat should be sent to Julia McKeown at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Safety Through Connection Learning Community gathered outside of the Native American Forum at Cal Poly Humboldt in the unceded ancestral territory and current homeland of the Wiyot Tribe, also known as Arcata, California. Photo by Marlene' Dusek.
Since our founding in 2012 we've believed that research shouldn't be conducted merely for the sake of research. An ancient proverb reminds us, "To know and not to do is not to know." In that spirit our commitment has been for our research center to serve as a hub for civically engaged people from all backgrounds and sectors to use our resources to help make belonging a reality in their communities.
In 2022, the Safety Through Connection team at Prevention Institute led a design process with our Learning Community partners. After three years of building capacity for culturally-rooted strategies to promote safe communities and prevent domestic violence, two of which fell squarely during the height of the pandemic, it was time to reflect and evolve our collective work. We wanted to revitalize and strengthen our network, welcome new staff and partners, and prepare to expand and invite new collaboratives in 2023.
If you have an impact story you'd like to share with us, we'd love to hear it. Get in touch with us at email@example.com, and type "Impact Story" in the subject line.
Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices
The Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is the nation’s premier LGBTQ writing residency. It is the only multi-genre writing residency devoted exclusively to emerging LGBTQ writers. The Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to develop one’s craft and find community. Applications for the Writer’s Retreat are open through January 31, 2023!
The Daily Californian is hiring!
The Daily Californian is an independent, student-run newspaper that has served as Berkeley’s paper of record for nearly 150 years and trains students in areas of journalism, business and other professional industries. Joining our 300-plus person staff is the best way to join an amazing community of content creators, business leaders and programmers. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 10, at 11:59 p.m.
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THE MOVEMENT IN ACTION: Alphabet Rockers Academy
The Movement in Action provides a monthly arts experience for children age 8-11 to learn the art of anti-racism songwriting, movement, recording and performance. Led by 4x GRAMMY nominees Alphabet Rockers, the workshops are a chance for this generation to find their voice for change.
All workshops are hosted at Destiny Arts Center on 4th Mondays, from 4:30-6:30P, and a recommended donation of $25 is encouraged. No one turned away for lack of funds.
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A Collection of Free Illustrations on Bridging and Belonging
Democracy & Belonging Forum launched a collection of free illustrations on bridging and belonging for reuse in social justice campaigns globally with the arts organization Fine Acts. A diverse group of artists from Europe and the US were selected to explore the topics of bridging and belonging and represent them visually in their own styles.
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On Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, OBI has a special edition of Belonging: A Weekly Practice Space. Over the last year, this online practice space has provided an opportunity for people to cultivate skills and dialogue around creating belonging at societal and personal levels. Through a mix of meditation, movement and creative inquiry, we invite you to stretch your understanding and applications of belonging. We’ll work with pieces from the Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action exhibition as well as dive deeper into Dr. King’s philosophy and action. We welcome anyone interested in expanding belonging–whether in your professional or personal life.
On December 8, 2022 we held this special end-of-year opportunity to connect online with each other and our deepest yearnings to build a vibrant planet based on belonging.
Suppose you are or know someone dealing with Grief. In that case, this is an excellent video to pause, refresh, and recharge yourself for the new year featuring OBI's director, john a. powell, strategic partner Sarah Crowell, and Grief advocate Lisa Keefauver. We get to a place of belonging by accepting all our grieving.
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Check out What's Love Got to Do with It? Spotify playlist curated by OBI answering the age-old question, what's love got to do with it?
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