Rockwood eNews: September 2016

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President's Message
Akaya Windwood  



It is becoming increasingly clear to me that social change, when done well, is an intimate act.

For many years, I was taught to ignore my feelings and intuition, and to develop unassailable plans and irrefutable theories to explain and legitimize my work. These days, I don‘t find this strategy as useful as it once seemed to be.

We live in times of incredible connection. Everyone is available to everyone else, and yet leadership can feel very lonely and isolating. As I was coming of age, social change was not a profession. It happened in our kitchens, in the streets, in our churches, and sometimes even in our bedrooms. We didn’t need a theory of change or a mountain of data to justify what needed doing. We simply needed an idea and each other.


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Rockwood Leaders Changing the World

Rajasvini Bhansali and Alicia Garza announced the global partnership between IDEX and Black Lives Matter Network.

Jardana Peacock released Practice Showing Up: A Practice Guidebook for White People Working for Racial Justice, and wrote a piece on trauma and social justice for FeministWire.

Gloria Walton and Donna Hall were honored with Change Champion Awards from the Center for Community Change.

Cristina Jiménez and Rashad Robinson were included on the list of 25 Disruptive Leaders Who Are Working to Close the Racial Opportunity Gaps by Living Cities.

Ai-Jen Poo, Janet Murguría, Jacob Harold, and Amy Sample Ward were awarded the 2016 Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50.

Alicia Garza and alum organization Move To End Violence collaborated on a 5-part blog series about ending violence against girls and women.

Jodeen Olguín-Tayler and alum organization Demos have partnered with 17 racial justice organizations for the Inclusive Democracy Project.

Are you a Rockwood Alum? Send us your news!

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Election Season Wearing You Down?

Take a much-needed break and reconnect with yourself, your work, and your community at the Art of Leadership. This 5-day retreat-style training will give you the time you need to rest and reflect, as well as the tools and energy to create a new vision and new partnerships. 

Fall/Winter Trainings:

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The Need for Black Rage In Philanthropy

Founder of Invested Impact Rodney D. Foxworth, Jr. shares his experiences as a person of color working in philanthropy, and offers suggestions for how the sector can better serve communities impacted by racism. Read More »

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Help Us Find Our Next Enrollment Coordinator!

Know someone who loves planning events, helping others, and setting up processes? Tell them about the Enrollment Coordinator position on our site »

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How To Make A Complete And Compelling Vision For The Future

Erase any fears about that great idea of yours, and turn it into reality with this free vision workbook. Read More »

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9 traits of the kind of leaders we need in this time and place

Uncertainty, optimism, justice... Vu Le of Nonprofit With Balls looks at the traits leaders need to solve today's challenges. Read More »

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Nominate A Leader For Rockwood!

If you know someone who could use a little Rockwood in their life, nominate them for the Art of Leadership »

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Announcing the 2016 Returning Citizens Fellows

Rockwood is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of our Returning Citizens Fellowship! The purpose of this fellowship is to provide leadership development opportunities to formerly incarcerated, emerging leaders. The intention is to transform the stigma of incarceration while upholding the dignity and humanity of all people, regardless of relationship to the criminal justice system. Meet The Leaders »

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Leadership Opportunities

Here are the latest jobs shared with us from members of our network:

Brooklyn, NY & Washington, DC: The Center For Popular Democracy has an open Internship in Community Lawyering & Policy Innovation.

New Market, TN: The Highlander Research and Education Center is seeking an Executive Director.

Washington, DC: Human Rights Campaign is hiring for several positions, including Communications Assistant, Bilingual Media Manager, and Major Gifts Coordinator.

Have an open leadership opportunity? Let us know!

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Get Ready For Something New

Exciting things are happening at Rockwood! This fall, we'll be unveiling a few surprises, so stay tuned to stay in the know.


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