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Sunday, August 3 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Volunteer Recruitment to Build a More Multicultural Movement: Challenges and Strategies

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How might an elder volunteer feel when she comes to orientation and finds a room full of young student activists? How about a young Black male volunteer assigned to do door-to-door canvassing in a largely white neighborhood or a white female student canvassing in a Puerto Rican neighborhood? What kind of preparation, training or knowledge would ensure these are positive experiences? No campaign or movement can succeed without the engagement and retention of volunteers. At this workshop we will teach current "best practices." But we will also share and explore the challenges of recruitment and engagement in a multicultural movement and discuss new strategies to address these challenges as we work to build our collective power.


Kat Fisher

Lead Organizer, CANY
Kat Fisher is Lead Organizer of the Hudson Valley chapter.  Formerly a high school teacher and entrepreneur, she has worked on numerous issue and electoral campaigns with Alliance for Quality Education in the Hudson Valley, was a volunteer with Metro Justice and OFA in Rochester and was part of a Congressional campaign lead by SEIU in Middletown and Beacon.

Darius Gordon

Organizer, Citizen Action
Darius Khalil Gordon is a Community Organizer for Citizen Action of New York (NYC). He is a Washington D.C native who studied African and African American studies at Penn State University. Darius  first came to New York  to serve as African American and Youth director for a State Assembly campaign. When the campaign ended, he began work with the Working Families Canvassing and Fundraising team where he expanded his knowledge and... Read More →

Carin Scheiwe

Regional Field Director, USAction
Carin Schiewe is currently a regional field director with USAction, Citizen Action of New York's national partner. She has been an organizer and leader in the progressive movement for 31 years, starting out as a canvasser and community organizer, then serving for over a decade as the executive director of a state-based community/labor coalition in Massachusetts. Prior to joining the USAction staff, Carin worked as a strategic adviser, facilitator... Read More →

Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Shaker Room

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