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NEW WEBINAR: Authentic Community Engagement – Best Practices for Equitable Work

Join America Walks for a New Webinar!

Authentic Community Engagement – Best Practices for Equitable Work

DATE: Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5238641158307009806 

Join us for presentations and a robust Q & A dialogue with active transportation professionals, nonprofit leaders, and equitable engagement experts around what it means to practice and build authentic community engagement with diverse coalitions as the foundation for driving those vital relationships.

Panelists will share their best practices for equitable work in striving for inclusive, accessible, connected, and walkable communities – through the lens of their invaluable learned, professionally practiced and lived experiences. Among the details covered, presenters will lean into the importance of acknowledging past harms and learning how to demonstrate an awareness and distinction of active transportation and walkability work as a true tool for empowerment vs. a weapon of racialized oppression.

The presentations and discussion will address the following critical questions:

  • What are the most universal best practices in achieving equity in our work?
  • How can advocates, practitioners and leaders center the needs and desires of BIPOC and low-income residents?
  • How can we achieve buy-in and funding streams from government leaders?
  • How can we habitually challenge normativity in how we define safe walking, biking, mobility, and access?
  • Why is it imperative to get out of your demographic bubble?
  • How can we get overlooked community members involved in government-decision discourse?
  • What are examples of removing barriers for individuals to experience safe destination-based movement while lowering car dependency?
  • How can we build trust, empowerment and agency with communities that have been perpetually ignored, harmed, and disinvested in?
  • What kind of data points, projects or outreach can provide the most insight for determining connected, safe active transportation routes and services in the given community?

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

About Our Panelists / Presenters:

John Yi is the Executive Director of Los Angeles Walks. Prior to joining LA Walks in 2019, John was the Advocacy Director for the American Lung Association in California, where he worked on strong tobacco control and air quality policies. At the Lung Association, John also served as a lead organizer by training tobacco control coalitions throughout the state. He helped bring smoke-free ordinances to over a dozen different cities, fighting back against secondhand smoke and Big Tobacco’s efforts to target low-income and communities of color.

John also served as the interim National Director for Parent Revolution, an education and social justice non-profit. In this role he led parent organizing campaigns in Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Ohio. He received his master’s degree at Georgetown University and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan. He is a brother of Pi Alpha Phi, speaks Korean and Russian, and loves to cook.

Waffiyyah Murray is the Better Bike Share Partnership Program Manager and a Philadelphia native with a love for walking and biking. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University, and over fourteen years of experience working with different Philadelphia-based non-profit and community organizations. As Education Program Manager for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, she worked with the City to support its Safe Route to School program, a national initiative promoting safety and physical activity in school age children through walking and biking.

Waffiyyah first arrived at oTIS as the Indego Community Coordinator, where she worked to connect communities to Indego programming and resources to ensure equitable access to Indego, the City of Philadelphia’s bike share system. In her current role as the Better Bike Share Partnership Program Manager, Waffiyyah works to address barriers to the use of bikeshare in low income communities and communities of color, and increase equitable access in bikeshare systems nationally.

Jeremy Maxand, Sociology, faculty/staff, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

Jeremy Maxand is the Executive Director of the Living Independence Network Corporation, a center for independent living serving 16 counties in southwest Idaho. Jeremy grew up in a small island community in Southeast Alaska and has used a manual wheelchair since 1989. He moved to Idaho in the early nineties to attend Boise State University, where he earned undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice Administration and Sociology, and a graduate degree is Applied Historical Research. Jeremy holds a certificate from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute, and from the University of Missouri’s College of Human & Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies, ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program.

Jeremy has twenty years of nonprofit management experience, and 10 years in executive leadership. Most recently, he was an emergency preparedness program specialist with the Idaho State Independent Living Council, working with local, state, and federal emergency management and public health partners to improve disaster response and recovery for people with disabilities. In Alaska, Jeremy served as an assembly member and mayor of the third geographically largest city by area in the country.

Jeremy currently serves on the Valley Regional Transit Regional Advisory Council, the Ada County Highway District ADA Advisory Committee, the Idaho State Independent Living Council, the Idaho State Building Code Board, the Idaho Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Board, and is a founding board member of the Idaho Access Project.

José Leal (moderator) At MIG, his projects have encompassed everything from complete streets, parks, schools, and recreation facilities. As Director of the Tribal Nation Building Studio, José is responsible for guiding an interdisciplinary studio of designers, planners, engineers, and scientists to provide engagement, planning, and design services to Tribal Nations to support and strengthen tribal community cohesiveness and resilience, self-determination, and sovereignty.
His work focuses on the power of inclusive planning and design and cultural relativism to connect people to the spirit of place through storytelling.