Community Caucusing & Social Hour

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Community Caucusing & Social Hour says
Learn. Share. Connect.

In the first of what will be a recurring event, NPARC invites members of the community to two hours of caucusing (3:00pm-5:00pm) with a subsequent networking social hour at a local cafe.

Community caucuses (or affinity groups) allow folks who share a certain identity to discuss oppression related to that identity. The NPARC leadership team will be leading three simultaneous caucuses centering on race: people of color, multi-racial folks, and white people.

Through talking with people who are like us, we can gain new insights into our own beliefs as well as others. We can gain support. We can practice talking about difficult issues and unpack our own “baggage” before we join discussions in a mixed group. People who participate in caucusing gain mutual support and learn that they have a voice in making a difference. Participants also build new relationships and trust as well as explore different ways to work with others.*

Many workplaces have found caucusing to be a beneficial addition to other equity and inclusion initiatives, and experiencing caucusing for yourself may help you to see the value it can bring to your organization. NPARC also understands that many of us are doing this work without a built-in community, so we are seeking to provide this as a regular place for people to connect and share their experiences.

Once we have concluded our caucuses, we invite you to socialize and network with each other at Eastern Cafe, just up the street.

Note: Audio or visual recording, including photography, is not permitted at this event.

Future caucus meetings will be open to NPARC members only. Come and check out one of the benefits of being a part of NPARC and consider joining today!

*This verbiage comes from Dialogue for Affinity Groups, a publication of Everyday Democracy.

Community Meeting Location:
Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) is on the ground floor of the Key Bank building two blocks east of Uwajimaya. Street parking is available, but we also encourage use of transit. The building is a five minute walk from the International District/Chinatown tunnel station. Enter the school on the west side of the building, down a pathway/ramp. There are no stairs to climb at this venue, and we ask that participants refrain from wearing scent or cologne in consideration of folks with sensitivities.

Social Hour/Networking Location:
Eastern Cafe at 510 Maynard Ave S is just one and a half blocks north of PSCS. Please join us after 5:00 for networking and socializing. Even if you are unable to make it to the community meeting, you are welcome at the social hour, no ticket required!
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