Family Leadership Introductory Policy and Advocacy

Building Diverse Networks for ECE Systems Change


Merchants October 23, 2023 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

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Max Altman
Allison Boyle

In this presentation, we will discuss key challenges that arise in the formation and maintenance of cross-organization and cross-sector equity-focused partnerships, with particular reference to a major early childhood initiative in which the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is currently engaged. We will present participants with the opportunity to share their own challenges in doing this work and the solutions or strategies they have developed to address them, as well as consider how organizations across a region can learn from one another and partner to push for effective policy change.

In addition to participants’ challenges and identified needs, we will also share questions we have identified in our own work. We will consider best practices for navigating important issues of equity and building diverse coalitions that include a broad range of voices, particularly those who do this work on the ground. Lastly, we will discuss how we can bring those different perspectives together to identify and collaboratively advance key shared goals.