Here's just a small sampling of the groups we are working with:

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Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership (Mapp)

The Equity Solutions team is working with MAPP, Mt. Ascutney Promise Communities, and various partners to put together a family engagement plan by March 2018. This outreach plan is focused on reaching poor and working class families in Windham and Windsor counties. We plan for two days of training and 40 consulting hours. This engagement plan will be trauma informed, will use an equity lens, and will contain action at 4 levels: personal, interpersonal, organizational, and systemic. We will share more soon.

MAPP and Promise Communities participants look at economic inequality and how it has impacted them and their communities. - Dec, 2017, Mt. Ascutney, VT  

MAPP and Promise Communities participants look at economic inequality and how it has impacted them and their communities. - Dec, 2017, Mt. Ascutney, VT

 

REgional Prevention Partners

On Nov 13th, 2017 we trained 50+ people working on Substance Use Prevention from around the state of VT. The Center for Health and Learning organized the training.  

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Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, VT

On October 2nd, 2017 we are partnering with the Peace & Justice Center to provide a public workshop - Poverty in an Unequal Economy.  This workshop will cover: poverty in a vastly unequal economy; our personal place in this reality; how an equity lens is an excellent tool for change; and equitable solutions. We use an equity lens to move beyond harmful assumptions so we can build more collaborative relationships across socio-economic class, challenge limiting beliefs about what is possible, and identify solutions based on the expertise of people most impacted. This event is open to the public and we are asking for sliding scale donations. 

 

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Tiny House Fest, Brattleboro, vT

The Tiny House Fest happens in Brattleboro every labor day weekend. The Fest is here to ignite our community in meaningful conversations about attainable housing and sustainable living, with the Tiny House Movement as our spark.In 2017 the fest will feature a workshop about Class Equity and Tiny Houses. 

25 amazing folks attended the Tiny Houses for Change workshop on Sept 2nd, 2017. We had such a great day! We did some exercises to better understand housing within an unequal economy and how past and present policies negatively impact some people more than others (ie Racism). We then did a group brainstorm of how the tiny house movement can be a force for change in this context. We heard from Tiny House Expedition about really cool projects happening around the country. It was a positive and hopeful day.  

 

5 groups started out with very unequal resources to build a "tiny house" - this group had the least resources and came up with a very creative community mixed income co-housing. We need more tiny house minded folks on urban planning and affordable housing boards!                                                                                                                                                                     - Tiny Houses for Change, Sept 2nd, 2017, Brattleboro, VT

5 groups started out with very unequal resources to build a "tiny house" - this group had the least resources and came up with a very creative community mixed income co-housing. We need more tiny house minded folks on urban planning and affordable housing boards!                                                                                                                                                                     - Tiny Houses for Change, Sept 2nd, 2017, Brattleboro, VT

Tiny House village - Can you tell which group had the most resources? They even had a private, gated room where they could build their tiny mansion in peace. This activity provided for many insights into both the inequality of resources, and also to how our actions often feed into that inequal economic system.                                                                                              - Tiny Houses for Change, Sept 2nd, 2017, Brattleboro, VT  

Tiny House village - Can you tell which group had the most resources? They even had a private, gated room where they could build their tiny mansion in peace. This activity provided for many insights into both the inequality of resources, and also to how our actions often feed into that inequal economic system.                                                                                              - Tiny Houses for Change, Sept 2nd, 2017, Brattleboro, VT

 

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VT-LEND PROGRAM, BurlingTon, VT

On Aug 28th, 2017 the Equity Solutions team joined the faculty of the UVM VT-LEND program. The Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities prepares leaders across the health and education professions to serve children with special health needs and their families. We had an excellent morning of better understanding the need for a class equity lens. The faculty came up with key areas where they can apply this lens such as: collecting data on socio-economic status and hiring faculty who have lived experience with poverty. What an impressive group of people, doing amazing work.  

Talking about class equity with UVM VT-LEND faculty. The whole training was on video so that one faculty could join from the University of Virgin Islands, and another faculty could join from Southern VT.                                                                                                                                  - VT-LEND, August 28th, 2017, Burlington, VT  

Talking about class equity with UVM VT-LEND faculty. The whole training was on video so that one faculty could join from the University of Virgin Islands, and another faculty could join from Southern VT.                                                                                                                                  - VT-LEND, August 28th, 2017, Burlington, VT

 

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Clara Martin Center, Randolph, VT

The Clara Martin Center has been providing a comprehensive array of mental health and substance abuse services to the greater Upper Valley area including Orange County for almost 50 years! Equity Solutions will be training 175 Clara Martin Center staff at their annual retreat on addressing poverty and economic inequality with an equity lens at their annual retreat.

On Aug 24th we had a wonderful morning with Clara Martin staff. They came up with great ideas for bringing a class equity lens into their work and organization such as: supporting each other to question assumptions by making a practice of noting assumptions that come up during case presentations; having clients serve on committees; and building in ways for staff and clients to give feedback on equity related issues. See photos below.

Clara Martin Staff engage in an activity to learn about the distribution of wealth in the US Economy. Many insights were gained through this exercise.

Clara Martin Staff engage in an activity to learn about the distribution of wealth in the US Economy. Many insights were gained through this exercise.

Community Justice Network of VT

CJNVT is promoting a restorative approach to conflict and crime in Vermont communities. Equity Solutions is a keynote presenter and providing a workshop for the CJNVT annual conference - Stronger Together. We will be talking with 150 volunteers about poverty and economic inequality. We will work with the volunteers to apply an equity lens in a restorative justice context.

On June 2nd we had a fantastic day with people connected to Restorative Justice around the state of Vermont. See the photos below. 

Wait - Hold up - Why does that one guy get all those chairs?                                                                                         - Restorative Justice Conference, June 2nd, Randolph, VT

Wait - Hold up - Why does that one guy get all those chairs?                                                                                         - Restorative Justice Conference, June 2nd, Randolph, VT

Sharing a time we've made an assumption about someone in poverty that wasn't taking the full picture into consideration and supporting each other to question our assumptions.  -Restorative Justice Conference, June 2nd, Randolph, VT

Sharing a time we've made an assumption about someone in poverty that wasn't taking the full picture into consideration and supporting each other to question our assumptions.  -Restorative Justice Conference, June 2nd, Randolph, VT