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I am passionate about:
Intersectional justice: I see justice as a process rather than a product and systematic inquiry and critical reflection as part of contemplative, spiritual practice--the embodiment and enactment collective self-determination.
A little known fact about me is:
My background is in the visual and performing arts
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"Justice, not charity: Nothing about us without us."
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts and BA in Art History from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management, with a secondary concentration in Race, Class & Gender in Global Perspective, from the Humphrey School. I am currently completing my doctorate in Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota, where my dissertation research examines the ways that race is constructed in and through evaluation. Domestically and internationally, independently and with organizations, I have evaluated government and nonprofit programs focused on poverty.
Thanks so much for your feedback! I'm glad to hear it resonates. My sister-in-law mentioned your proposal in particular but I did not get to reach out to you until I saw your note--thanks for writing. I'm sorry I was not able to be as collaborative as I would like because I'm just volunteering while working, going to school, and raising a child! The folks in Mondema do not have electricity or internet, etc., so a lot of my time was just spent dealing with all of that. I know none of this is surprising to you!
I need to take a more careful look at the grant distribution to see if I can offer any specific suggestions. The nutshell is to make it as simple and accessible as possible for prospective applicants. I only read through briefly because I have a presentation for work (will definitely re-read), so forgive me if you've already addressed this, but consider multiple modes of conveying their idea. I think you said you already got feedback about the complexity of the language. Can I assume that people can submit in more than one language? (Not in Sierra Leone--which is supposedly independent now but has to do all this in English!) Will they get technical assistance? Not just applying for funds but managing any funds they get (this is not necessarily a question of integrity--they may not have the infrastructure to suddenly handle a relatively large amount of money). Will they get technical assistance in telling their story--again, not from the mainstream "communications" or "PR" perspective but from the perspective of community engagement and inspiring more bottom-up movements?
Let's be in touch because my personal background is in research and evaluation and I would love to support this work, also, somehow or other--even if it's just a short phone conversation.