As a follow up to our COVID Coffee/Lunch Roundtables, River Network is excited to announce three new sessions this summer! The three upcoming Roundtables include Community Organizing Remotely Share Stores Part II; Planning Virtual Meetings and Conferences, and Advancing Racial Justice. Information related to all three events can be found below and here. We hope these sessions provide our Network with opportunities to connect, learn from each other, and provide space to discuss topics that are top-of-mind for our organizations. Please feel free to share with your staff, partners, and amongst your own community. Any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!
Wednesday, July 29th at 12pm ET
Community Organizing Remotely Shared Stories Part II
Calling all organizers! As a follow up to our successful Organizing Remotely Roundtable back in April, River Network is hosting a 2nd Roundtable. We welcome all outreach coordinators, community organizers, and community engagement staff from across our network and the Urban Waters Learning Network. Join River Network staff and fellow community organizers for a facilitated conversation to share your stories and experiences with the challenges and opportunities of doing community organizing during COVID-19, the uncertainty around what will be open and permitted in the fall, and connect with other organizers facing similar challenges around the country.
Wednesday, August 12th at 12pm ET
Planning Virtual Meetings and Conferences
Connecting people is a key element of how River Network and groups across our Network carry out our missions. And yet, COVID-19 has forced many of us to move our long-planned meetings and conferences to a virtual space. River Network and members of our network are on a steep learning curve to figure out how to plan and host digital events that are inclusive, engaging and impactful. Join River Network staff as we share our experience in planning and hosting Virtual River Rally 2020, a 3-week long virtual conference that attracted over 500 participants, and bring your own insights of what’s worked for you when hosting or participating in similar events.
Wednesday, August 26th 12pm EST
Advancing Racial Justice
In light of recent events, River Network would like to create space for conversation, co-learning and action on the issue of racial injustice and anti-Blackness permeating our society and structures. River Network has a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in our work and recognize that this must include an express commitment to racial justice. Please join us for an open discussion on the role of racial justice in our movement and beyond. This discussion will be the first step to creating a space that benefits our network in working toward racial justice and create a path forward toward learning and action.