Promoting Diversity & Inclusion in Advocacy
Change.org Hosts Diversity Focused Grassroots Professional Network luncheon
Joshua Habursky of the American Diabetes Association partnered with Change.org for the 4th installment of the popular D.C. discussion series. The group of advocacy professionals discussed methods of building an impactful grassroots movement from both the digital front and beyond. Panel speakers included:
- Sierra Jackson, Change.org Political Partnerships Manager
- Warren David, President and Founder of Arab America
- Maria Urbina, VP Politics and National Campaigns at Voto Latino
- Carla Lochiatto Associate Director, Public Policy at ASAE
- and Rosa Del Angel of Beacon Fire Red Engine. They led an in depth discussion around collaborative grassroots campaigning to an audience of notable nonprofits, associations and area consultants including the Union of Concerned Scientists, AAA, Public Affairs Council, American Pharmacy Association, Voter Voice, National Council of Asian American Pacific Islander Physicians
The event drew around 40-50 people.
We represent a variety of different causes and organizations that support and oppose issues across the public policy spectrum. However, we can agree to universally accept the opportunity to motivate people towards political action and proliferate civic understanding, no matter if we seek to cure diabetes or to promote a positive dialogue about a diverse population. We can universally support inclusion and encourage participation in public policy process especially among minority groups who have been subjected to hate, disenfranchisement, and forced into political apathy.
The late ESPN announcer Stuart Scott defined diversity simply as ‘’understanding’’. We cannot understand diversity unless we discuss the topic within the context of everything from diversity of thought to our diversity of perspective whether it by gender, race, creed, or socio-economic status. By no means are these easy subjects to discuss and that is why we have put together an expert panel of advocates that have been successful at promoting public awareness for diverse communities.