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CSC “Courageous Conversations”

Capacity building event

This is a photo of community members painting a colorful mural with a bicyclist, trees, and white lettering reading, "It takes a village to raise a child and a community can make a difference | Prospect Village". Overlaying the image at the bottom is a semi-transparent green rectangle with white text reading, "MOBILIZING TOWARD A LIBERATORY VISION".

Access Information 

When: Wednesday, February 2nd from 10-11:15 a.m. | Ongoing meetings the first Wednesday of each month 

NEW registration link (register once to have access to all meetings) 

Price: Free

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world”—Margaret Mead

The challenges that patriarchy and neoliberalism present to collective visionary organizing and functioning are not small. Our ongoing journey to liberation starts with the commitment to examine and identify the spaces—within and outside—that have been colonized.  

It is in relationship that that we identify and dismantle internal spaces to free us up. This is the start of being in community, which is an opportunity for healing and growing. We can then imagine a world where acceptance and equity are the norm, and create what we envision together: pushing against boundaries that separate us; confronting the realities of social locations and the powerlessness derived of it.  

We will continue learning together and taking action to dismantle the traces of white supremacy within us in the safe, cherished space we have created to affirm one another, to lift our lives and to celebrate who we are!  

Join us the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. to “mobilize toward a liberatory vision” that creates the conditions we long for. 

Healing and transformation happen in relationship! Register one time to attend monthly “Courageous Conversations”. 

Questions? Please contact Mercedes Tune at

The Culturally Specific Collaborative Core Group:
Natchawi W., Natalie Calcutta, Graciela Olguin, Toni Schrader, Constance Athayde, Mercedes T. 

“The Culturally Specific Collaborative exists as a response to systemic oppression. As agents of change, We reclaim ourselves, our power and identities and support one another to facilitate our collective healing.  

We shine light on equitable, inclusive practices to embrace transformation. By taking responsibility for the next generations, We honor the sacrifice of those who came before us and the resilience and strength of our communities.”

What to watch or read: 

bell hooks: Moving from Pain to Power/The New School