Center for Family Life Symposium – Cultivating Consciousness

Discussion CroppedFebruary 22, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY  Our Center for Family program hosted the 11th Annual Sister Mary Geraldine Symposium – Cultivating Consciousness: Infusing Our Work with Social Justice, at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies headquarters in Manhattan on January 24th, 2017

Rachel Isreeli, Center for Family Life Cooperative Developer, moderated the panel that included:

  • Ana Oliveira – President and CEO,  New York Women’s Foundation
  • Andrew Sta. Ana – Director of Legal Services, Day One NY; Co-Chair, Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence
  • Julie Novas – HOTT Program Mental Health Coordinator, Callen Lorde Community Health Center; Adjunct Professor, Silberman and NYU Silver Schools of Social Work
  • Gonzalo Mercado – Executive Director, La Colmena; NY Coordinator, National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Each shared how their personal journeys with immigration and racial or minority status shaped the way they approach providing therapeutic care and advocacy. They also looked at these issues from the funder’s perspective, as Ana Oliveira of New York Women’s Foundation highlighted activities, values and philosophies that the philanthropic community is looking for from grantees.

Breakout sessions were hosted by each of the panelists and focused on specific themes: youth and education, anti-violence services, immigration, workplace organizing, mental health and counseling.  Participants shared ways to shape the conversation in each of these fields of work towards inclusiveness, and implementing trauma informed procedures and policies.

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