Community Building

Community building is defined as “approaches to improve the well-being of people in a particular community or other geographically defined area” (Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community Building). “The term is also used within the housing and community development field to describe work on the non-physical aspects of community development (education, child care, family supports) as compared to the built environment or other physical aspects of development (such as housing). … Community building efforts also employ a range of change strategies (often referred to as “interventions”). They include strategies involving strengthening or building the capacity of organizations and individuals to promote certain kinds of community change. Other typical strategies or interventions involve changing how decisions are made in a community, how system resources [...]

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“Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.”

~ Helen Keller, Author and Activist

SPOTLIGHT

Expanding the Table for Racial Equity #1: Building a Community
Interview with Inca Mohamed – Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Also in this section:
  • Addressing Trauma and Healing

  • Caucus and Affinity Groups

  • Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice

  • Leadership Development

  • Organizational Change Process

  • Training and Popular Education

  • Advocacy

  • Community Engagement

  • Dialogue and Deliberation

  • Multicultural Competency

  • Policy and Legislative Change

  • Youth Activism and Intergenerational Work

  • Arts and Culture

  • Community Organizing

  • Hate Crimes Prevention and Response

  • Narrative Change

  • Racial Reconciliation

GLOSSARY

Anti-Racist

Caucusing (Affinity Groups)

Implicit Bias

Microaggression

Multicultural Competency

Power

Racial Healing

Racial Reconciliation

Restorative Justice

White Supremacy Culture

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