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[Learning Expedition] Engagement, Empowerment and Diversity: Addressing civic engagement in the city FILLING

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How do we encourage civic engagement in a diverse community?

How do we build bridges of trust and connection across race, class, religion and ethnicity? How do we ensure that marginalized communities have access to leaders and resources? How do we teach civic  values and skills so that residents can become effective advocates and change agents?

Like many US communities, Seattle is experiencing increasing disparities of wealth and opportunity which threaten its civic health and prosperity. This Learning Expedition will examine how a community empowers its new and marginalized residents and how leaders create policy and programs that integrate civic empowerment with economic, educational, environmental and social goal.


  • 8:00 Meet at Impact Hub Seattle for lite Breakfast and Coffee along with the Unlikely Allies Festival
  • 8:30 Walk to Seattle Central Library
  • 9:00 Greeting at Public Library & Round of introductions and grounding for the day (Diane Douglas)
  • 9:30 Tour of Public Library - Learn about how libraries and the Seattle Public Library in general, provide a rich gathering place and platform for some of the most diverse communities and people in the city.
  • 10:15 Panel discussion on Civic Engagement in Diverse Communities:
  • --Lola Peters, Community Activist;
  • --Jan Levy, Leadership Tomorrow;
  • --Marcus Green, South Seattle Herald; ;
  • --Matias Valenzuela, King County Office of Equity and Social Justice;
  • --Liz Vivian, Women’s Funding Alliance:
  • Noon Lunch and Group discussion at Seattle Public Library Led by Immy Kaur - Case study from Impact Hub Birmingham and invitation for others to share experiences of challenges and successes in fostering civic engagement and empowerment in their communities.
  • 1:00 Site visit to  One America
  • 2:30 Site visit to El Centro de la Raza
  • 4:00  Return to Impact Hub -  Concluding exercise/reflections/opportunities for collaboration with expedition participants
  • 5:30 We Are the City Final Closing

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Diane Douglas

Executive Director, Seattle CityClub
Diane Douglas has led Seattle CityClub's work to connect, inform and empower the residents of Seattle and Washington for nearly 10 years. In addition to providing strategic direction for CityClub's work to improve civic health, Diane serves on the boards of local social service... Read More →

Keynote Speakers & Presenters
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Marcus Green

Co-founder, South Seattle Emerald
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Imandeep Kaur

Co - Founder / Director, Impact Hub Birmingham / 00
Immy is a co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham, a network of citizens, makers, doers, entrepreneurs, activists and dreamers committed to building a better Birmingham and better world. Powered by a 6,000 sq. ft. collaborative workshop in the heart of Birmingham, the Impact Hub is an... Read More →
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Jan Levy

Seattle, Leadership Tomorrow
Jan Levy is the Executive Director of Leadership Tomorrow, a civic leadership training program founded by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of King County. The program’s purpose is to cultivate, inspire, connect, and engage an effective community of leaders... Read More →
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Lola Peters

Poet, Leadership Tomorrow
Lola E. Peters is a poet and essayist who writes about life culled from a 30-year career as an organizational development professional and many more years as an African American woman navigating an exclusive culture. Before semi-retirement, she worked in the non-profit sector as Director... Read More →
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Matías Valenzuela

Director of the Office of Equity and Social Justice, King County
Matias Valenzuela, Ph.D., is the Director of the Office of Equity and Social Justice in King County, a countywide effort to address the root causes of inequities working with all county agencies and the community. He has worked for 15 years at King County, including as a lead for... Read More →

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Seattle Public Library

Seattle Public Library
The Seattle Public Library Foundation helps the Library build its collection and resources, offer programs for patrons of all ages, and better serve the needs of our community. We do this by securing and managing donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to support the... Read More →

Wednesday July 6, 2016 8:00am - 5:30pm PDT
Impact Hub Seattle