Black Leaders Matter: Racism, Black Grief and Politics Around Coalition Leaders
Any coalition that strives to build a drug-free community is fueled by a passion to make their community better. However, there are barriers that can be created unconsciously by having limited understanding, preconceived ideas and well-meaning but inaccurate perceptions about an urban community. Having the wrong people in your coalition can create an unnecessary barrier when it comes to accomplishing your mission. The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered unresolved issues that have made it difficult for BIPOC coalition leaders to lead their coalitions, due to lack of cultural understanding and weak inclusion policies.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Listen community needs without assumption
2) Learn from their communities without ignoring what they have to offer
3) Love their communities by involving them in coalition work