Session I of the Spring 2019 GAINS workshop series focuses on learning how to use network weaving basics to intentionally build effective relationships around a common issue to accomplish a set of goals or build a movement. Students will apply network weaving principles within a racial justice framework; identify ways to strengthen relationships and networks through "closing triangles” (connecting two people who didn't know each other but had an interest in common), and complex reciprocity; explore the gendered, racialized and ablest nature of traditional networking and self-promotional frameworks.
About our Guest Speakers, Sindy Morales Garcia and Kirsten Johnson:
Sindy Morales Garcia is driven by a commitment to equity and wholeness, Sindy works with the Wilder Foundation’s Community Initiatives team to catalyze the cultural shifts needed to co-create transformational and sustainable change. Her work is informed by a rich tapestry of experiences in higher-education advocacy, community collaborations, and faith-based activism in the Twin Cities and New York City. As a facilitator, Sindy enjoys cultivating spaces of meaningful reflection and dialogue that enable participants to strategically advance new thinking and action in their lives and work. Her educational training includes a B.A in Reconciliation Studies from Bethel University, an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work, and an M.Div from Union Theological Seminary.
Kirsten Johnson is the Director of Community Engagement and Systems Change at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, where she manages a portfolio of community-driven projects aimed at creating equity. Kirsten’s work focuses on engagement, collaboration and systems change addressing complex challenges impacting the communities that Wilder serves. Kirsten brings the lenses of emotional intelligence, intercultural competence, and network weaving to all of her work. She studied Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Minnesota and has worked in the nonprofit sector on collaboration and community development for over fifteen years. Prior to coming to the Wilder Foundation, Kirsten’s work supported a variety of nonprofit organizations including the StreetWorks Collaborative, VEAP, and Arc Greater Twin Cities.