The Promise and Peril of Community Organizing
Professor Hahrie Han will examine the opportunities and substantial hurdles facing community organizers. Professor Han studies the way political and community organizations make the civic participation of ordinary people "Possible, Probable and Powerful." Her work explores how to increase grassroots power and capacity rather than short-term mobilizing. Kara Carlisle of the McKnight Foundation will moderate the program.
Professor Hahrie Han is a professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in the study of civic participation, organizing, and social change. Through her research, she partners with a wide range of civic and political organizations interested in organizing and building power for social change in the United States and around the world. Available for purchase at the event will be her most recent book How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations & Leadership in the 21st Century.
Kara Carlisle is the vice president of programs for the McKnight Foundation. In her position she drives impact across geographic and issue-specific areas including diversity, equity, and community engagement. She has previously worked with the W. K. Kellog Foundation 's Civic and Philanthropic Engagement team, and is a former board member of the National Association for Community Mediation in Washington, DC.