UW News

May 4, 2006

Grass roots Leadership Symposium set for May 13

A special symposium May 13 will help participants understand what it takes to start a grass roots organization.

The symposium will explore the issue of why leaders feel compelled to start organizations, what they have learned in the organizations’ founding that may be of use to others, and how other potential leaders can organize their ideas into action.

Featured speakers include:

  • Trish Millines Dziko, cofounder and executive director of the Technology Access Foundation, whose mission is to bring technology to youth in communities of color. Dziko has been named by Seattle Magazine as one of the city’s most influential people.
  • Pramila Jaypal, founder and executive director of Hate Free Zone Washington, an organization founded in response to the backlash against immigrants in the wake of 9/11. Jaypal was named one of the top ten Puget Sound leaders by the Seattle Times editorial board.
  • Margery Ginsberg, professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the UW College of Education. Her research has focused on instructionally-focused school transformation, motivation and cultural diversity, and adult learning.
  • Michael Honey, professor of labor and ethnic studies and American history at UW Tacoma. Honey has written widely on labor and civil rights history.

The symposium is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 075 Johnson. For more information, see http://www.students.washington.edu/prjteske/Grassroots.shtml.

The symposium, intended primarily for graduate and professional students, is open to the UW community. It is sponsored by the Learning and Leadership Council, the College of Education, Educators for Social Justice, and GO-MAP.