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Creating Pathways for Community Leadership

Thursday, November 19, 2020

 3pm – 4pm ET / 12pm – 1pm PT

Harnessing community strengths and assets -- such as existing parent and community leaders -- are critical to building local capacity and scaling up innovative solutions. This session highlights local models for creating sustainable leadership pathways for parents, caregivers, and community stakeholders to not only participate, but also design and implement systems change efforts. Speakers will highlight unsung leadership stories and examples of parent-led efforts to address pressing and emerging community challenges, from improving access to health promoting resources to mitigating natural disasters and COVID-19.

Featured speakers include:​​

  • Allentza Michel, Founder, Powerful Pathways

  • Regina Elmi, Executive Director, Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond; Parent Leader, Family Leadership Design Collaborative

  • Ann Ishimaru, Associate Professor of Education, University of Washington; Co-principal investigator, Family Leadership Design Collaborative;

  • Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

Simultaneous Spanish interpretation services will be available  / La interpretación simultánea en español estará disponible.


Virtual Workshop: Food as a Public Work 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

1-2pm Eastern

Join us for the third and final installment of the Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) 2022 Webinar Series, featuring Pantaleon Florez III of Maseualkualli Farms and Vital Village Networks 2022 Community Food Systems Fellow. This session will feature a workshop on the Food as a Public Work Campaign that seeks to reintegrate private lands into public commons while enacting food and agricultural producer justice via a targeted universalism approach. ​


About the Speaker:

Pantaleon Florez III is a no-till, no fossil fuel cultivating fruit and herb farmer, educator, and agricultural researcher based in Lawrence. His farm is called Maseualkualli Farms, which means The Peoples’ Farms in Nahuatl. Cultivation on the farm focuses on Mexica/Chichimecan crops such as pipiche, papalotl, yauhtli, izote, jicama, and nopalli. He is also breeding and locally adapting maize from his great grandparents' homelands of Guanajuato, Mexico utilizing ancestral Mexica cultivation methodologies (SARE Publication: FNC19-1161). Florez’s current work focuses on building equity in agriculture, developing new food systems to end food apartheid in the US, and establishing food as a public work via the Peoples’ Century Farm project. 


​NOTA: Hay una línea en español disponible para los participantes que deseen escuchar interpretación en vivo durante el seminario web.

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