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Conversations on Democratic Selection in a Pandemic

2021

This webinar features two of the CAAs recently profiled in Preserving the Low-Income Voice: Snapshots of Democratic Selection Procedures in a Pandemic, a look into creative and innovative democratic selection procedures adopted by CAAs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The democratically selected low-income representative sector of the tripartite board is one of the hallmarks of Community Action, but recruiting and electing new board members in this sector during the pandemic has presented serious challenges. Many of the agencies we interviewed revealed that these adaptations resulted in a more effective, streamlined process that enabled additional community members to participate. This webinar features conversations with staff members from two of the profiled agencies. We discuss the agencies’ existing democratic selection procedures, the impact of the pandemic, and how their processes adapted in response to the crisis.

Held on: May 20, 2021
Speakers: Miguel Rodriguez, Executive Director, and Jamie O’Dell, Service Center Coordinator for Lansing/East Lansing, Capital Area Community Services (Lansing, MI); and Ayana Bias, Director of Advocacy and Volunteer Services, United Planning Organization (Washington, DC)

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