“A Fusion of Movements: Mission, Strategies, and Outcomes”
Monday, August 10th @ 2:45pm
Presentation Abstract: In this session we will discuss organizational values and how they contribute, detract, and/or overlap with the values of racial justice work. We will identify immediate concrete action steps to express solidarity with people across social justice movements and simultaneously reenvision our own missions. Participants will practice crafting language expressly inclusive of racial justice as a part of an organization’s mission statement and values.
Presenter Name: Sirajah Raheem, MPH (she/her/hers)
Presenter Bio: Sirajah Raheem, MPH, is the founder of Groundsheet. She was once described as “the world’s most gracious, loving, hard core, beast of justice making glory” and she works hard to be deserving of that praise. She is an organizational accountability facilitator that specializes in helping nonprofits incorporate social justice into their mission, their internal operations, and their external deliverables. Groundsheet was created in 2020 to support organizations that are internally driven to reassess their principles and practices to create a more equitable society. They facilitate the fusion of the values and tactics of social justice movements, specifically racial justice, with the mission and tactics of established organizations to make the world a more just place. By engaging with Groundsheet, organizations are choosing to do the challenging and exciting work of foundational change.
Sirajah’s work is grounded by her experiences as a community organizer for economic and housing justice in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. She has provided domestic violence prevention training and technical assistance to over four hundred institutions of higher education, military installations, and communities. She conducts training internationally and her jokes land even when translated to Mandarin. Sirajah focuses on building trainings that are culturally relevant, build professional skills, and create a positive learning experience for participants. Sirajah believes that if the work claims to be just it must be effective, and if the work claims to be effective it must be just. She holds a Master of Public Health from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Berea College.
This publication is supported in part by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Rape Prevention Education, by Grant No. ODH Project Number: 01860214VW0820 awarded to the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence by the Department of Health. It is also supported in part by VOCA Grant No. 2020-VOCA-132920668; and by subgrant No. 2019-WF-VA7-8919 awarded by the state administering office for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the Ohio Department of Health, or the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.