Community Activism: A Framework for Mapping Community Assets

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Community Activism: A Framework for Mapping Community Assets Presented by: William C. Kling, JD Clinical Assistant Professor University of Illinois at Chicago

The NarrativeThinking In Terms of the “Justices” Social Justice Economic Justice Criminal Justice Environmental Justice Food Justice Health Justice

“We should concentrate on creating organizational packets, resources that continue to expand in potential until needed.” --Margaret Wheatley

THE CONTEXTCultural “Competence” Cultural “Relevance” Historical Trauma

Cultural “Competence”NASW Standards (2001) Ethics and Values Self Awareness Cross Cultural Knowledge Cross Cultural SkillsService DeliveryEmpowerment and Advocacy Diverse WorkforceProfessional EducationLanguage DiversityCross-Cultural Leadership

Cultural “Relevance”African American Community (Example) Survival R ecovery DevelopmentSelf-determination.“An Afrocentric Approach to Building Cultural Relevance in Social Work Research”, (Davis, Williams, Akenyila )

Historical Trauma Individual Traumatic Exposures child abuse intimate partner violence street violence Group Traumatic Exposures terrorist eventsnatural disasters historical trauma


Navigating the InfrastructureCollecting information Studies/research Internet Environmental scan Analyzing/Assimilating informationPutting the pieces togetherCreating Action PlanDelivering informationFormal vs. informal (venue)Large and small groups Written documents


Mapping Assets and LiabilitiesDetermination of Community Assets and Liabilities Political environment Business environment Community-based environment Grass Roots environment

Political InfrastructureLocalMunicipal FSS CDPH CPS CPDCPDCHA

Political Infrastructure (con’t) Regional (County) State Legislative branch State senators and representativesLeadershipCommitteesPersonal interestsExecutive branchGovernor’s initiativesAgencies

Political Infrastructure (con’t) Federal Legislative branch Senators and representatives LeadershipCommitteesPersonal InterestsExecutive branchPresident, etc.Agencies DC vs. Regional offices

Community-Based InfrastructureCommunity-based organizations Community-based Health-based Social service-based Economic development-basedEducation-based

Grass Roots InfrastructureLocal farm groups Farmers market groups Neighborhood groups Environmental groups Political activist groups

Business InfrastructureBusiness groups Chamber of Commerce Associations Large industry Small businesses“Vertical” business


ConclusionTiming Develop and maintain relationships Utilize and demonstrate leadership capacity– BE THERE Short, mid and long term goal setting Patience!


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