4 Triangle Nonprofits Furthering Inclusion and Civil Rights
In this blog, we’re shining a light on four Activate Good Community Partners focused on civil rights, inclusion, and diversity initiatives — and how YOU can help.
BUMP: The Triangle
BUMP’s mission is to foster excellence and agency in youth using the cultural assets of African diasporic music. They offer a variety of youth programming, including instrumental and vocal ensembles. They also highlight cultural and heritage knowledge and resilience through mastery of musical skills.
- Apply to be on their Board of Directors – Applications open now!
- Be a music mentor aka. WOE partner
Joy Harrell Goff, Executive Director of BUMP: The Triangle, explained Music Mentors and WOE partners:
“Music Mentors are musicians and educators connected to African diasporic music and cultural practices. They work with our youth one-on-one or in small groups to build various musical proficiencies and confidence. I learned the concept of WOE partnering from Adrienne Maree Brown’s Emergent Strategy workshop. WOE stands for ‘working on excellence.’ Canadian artist and rapper Drake coined this definition in his song entitled Know Yourself.“
“Woe is my crew. It stands for “working on excellence.” It’s just my whole brand and my whole movement and my way of life for everyone. I want everyone to work on excellence. So, all my friends are my Woes and I feel anybody working on excellence in life is a Woe in life as well.”
How does the BUMP: The Triangle address inclusion and civil rights from different angles?
Music is a universal language that can significantly improve cognitive ability and positively impact academic achievement. However, BUMP goes one step further. They challenge the inequities of access to authentic African-diasporic cultural practices, environments, educators, curriculum, music literature, resources, instruments, and professional development. BUMP recognizes the cultural wealth of African diasporic music. They aim to dismantle inequities for the benefit of youth in underserved and marginalized communities.
BUMP purposefully resources the educational benefits of African diasporic musical traditions and practices for their innovation and role in social change. Black and brown elders and mentors – rich with the heritage knowledge of African diasporic music, heritage, and cultural practices – fuel our programming.
– Joy Harrell Goff
Historically, black musicians have influenced the collective well-being of all humanity. The richness of black musical expression contains many examples of black joy. As Joy Harrell Goff points out, “BUMP amplifies this joy as a form of resistance to black death, trauma, and pain. BUMP’s mission, to foster excellence and agency in youth through the cultural assets of African Diasporic music, intentionally resources black joy in the spirit of ARTivism and our ancestors who taught us through their resilience.”
How is BUMP: The Triangle handling operations and communication with your community?
BUMP’s operations are heavily reliant on the generosity of donors, sustainers, and volunteers. Learn more about how you can impact youth through the music of the African Diaspora by visiting www.bumpthetriangle.org. Join their mailing list, make a donation, or register youth for BUMP Music Enrichment and Ensembles!
How does the LGBT Center address inclusion and civil rights from different angles?
The LGBT Center of Raleigh has historically provided resources and spaces for many people of different identities, but Kori Hennessey, Director of Education and Programs, points out “in the last year and half, we have stepped up the game in a multitude of ways.” They have continued their regular discussion groups and supportive services for youth, families, elders, transgender individuals and more. Additionally, they’ve implemented mental illness support groups for LGBTQ+ individuals , engaged in anti-racist initiatives, and connected with businesses to provide training on LGBTQ+ equity. They’ve also worked with other organizations “to strengthen resources for housing and food insecurities and are in the beginning stages of intentionally creating more inclusive resources for LGBTQ+ domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, ” says Hennessey.
How is the LGBT Center handling operations and communication with your community?
Hennessey recognized the challenges of a small team of staff engaging with their community virtually. However, they point out that a “virtual environment has given us chances to think outside of the box a bit. Social media has been instrumental in getting the word out about programs and services.”
To learn more about The LGBT Center’s programs, check out their website or follow them on social media!
National Inclusion Project
We talked with Tonya Gillham, the Director of Development and Marketing at the National Inclusion Project, about how they address inclusion and civil rights.
How does the National Inclusion Project address inclusion and civil rights from different angles?
As Gillham describes, the core beliefs of the National Inclusion Project are “every child can participate, every child can make a friend, and every child can succeed.” They want children with disabilities to see themselves as part of the community, doing whatever they want to do in their future. They also speak to children without disabilities about the importance of disability inclusion. “It demystifies disability and shows kids at a young age that everyone has different abilities and that’s okay, not scary or wrong,” she notes.
- Be an Inclusion Advocate – sign up on Activate Good’s website!
- Follow National Inclusion Project on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and share, like and comment on their posts.
How is the National Inclusion Project handling operations and communication with the community?
Training sessions have migrated to virtual platforms, and they’re reaching more practitioners and programs than ever before. Here are some pages with more info on what the National Inclusion Project has been doing:
The mission of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is:
To address the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life.
Regardless of a client’s nationality or history, USCRI North Carolina has an experienced and professional staff ready to respond with culturally and linguistically appropriate support. Such support ensures that young newcomers are on a path to become the next generation of businesspeople, doctors, teachers, and other important civic leaders within the community.
USCRI is engaged in the resettlement of refugees and immigrants who come from many different races, nations, and cultural traditions. As Laura Deaton Klauke, Development Associate at USCRI, states, “racial equity is infused into the work of USCRI at every level, from the mission to hiring, to program development, community outreach, and deployment of resources. Many of USCRI’s refugee and immigrant clients have already faced prejudices or racial intolerance, often at the extremes of violence, persecution, war, or even genocide, only to land in a new home with a complicated history of high ideals that are not yet fully realized.”
USCRI field offices help new arrivals adjust to U.S. life in a pluralistic and multi-racial society through interactions with staff members, many of whom are former refugees themselves. For example, USCRI NC employs more than twenty Case Aides and interpreters who resettled in the US from other countries. At the highest level of the organization, USCRI’s national Chief Executive Officer, Eskinder Negash, a former refugee from Ethiopia and a person of color himself, works tirelessly to ensure that the organization’s decisions are reflective of the communities served.
Ways to help USCRI
USCRI is seeking volunteers!
- ESL Instructors
Those with ESL experience and/or ESL certification to provide remote ESL instructions to refugee and immigrant populations. Sessions can be arranged based on your availability. Learn more HERE!
USCRI clients include children of all ages and grade levels, with varying levels of English fluency. Tutors will teach math, science, reading, history to general homework help. All tutoring sessions are conducted remotely via WhatsApp or Zoom. You can determine the schedule. Learn more HERE!