Think About Poverty Aug. 6 and 7

NEOEDD continues its roundtable discussions for volunteers, boards, and staff members to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies at a workshop on Aug. 7 and Conversation Project events Aug. 6 and 7.

Erica Tucker will facilitate programs entitled “Who Are the Deserving Poor?,” via the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project at 7 p.m. on Aug. 6 at the Cook Memorial Library, 2006 4th St. in La Grande, and Aug. 7 at Building Healthy Families, 207 E Park St. in Enterprise. Learn more about this conversation topic at These events are free of charge; no registration required. The public is welcome.

Erica Tucker, MSW, is a Portland native whose curiosity about social conditions grew while witnessing her family struggle with substance abuse and society’s intolerance of her biracial identity. This led to her work at nonprofit organizations and schools, with children experiencing domestic violence and mental health barriers. She received her master’s in social work from Portland State University and continues to be an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Erica manages the resident services program at REACH Community Development, and feeds her passion for curiosity and challenging conversations as a poverty trainer and the lead of her organization’s trauma-informed care team.

Additional program: As human beings, our well being and social inequalities are linked to one another, says “Understanding Poverty” trainer Erica Tucker. Tucker will challenge participants to raise their consciousness of what poverty looks like in their community. They will hear stories of lived experience, practice identifying common myths, and explore ways everyone can begin breaking down barriers to real change. This workshop will take place Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island City Hall, 10605 Island Ave. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch. Register at Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 5.

Upcoming dates:
• Emily Drew will host a DEI Roundtable and a Conversation Project entitled “Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity” on Nov. 6.
• The series will end with a DEI Roundtable and a Conversation Project in February 2020.

This programming is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust and Oregon Humanities.

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