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Jereann King

Project Manager, Nellie Mae Foundation Initiative

Why I work at Everyday Democracy:

Working at Everyday Democracy offers me a significant opportunity to reflect, teach, learn, and work for community change and school transformation. I’m excited by the organization’s mission to support building a strong democracy. Shifting the cultural and political landscape to one that is inclusive of people from different backgrounds and values requires incredible organizational stamina, and I am happy to contribute by energies and knowledge to the efforts.

What I love about what I do:

People, culture, and history are my greatest passions. Meeting new people, making friends, listening to all kinds of stories fuels my soul.  I love working in new community contexts and exploring local histories.  Creating accessible materials and spaces for people to deliberate on contemporary issues and planning for and evaluating actions is thrilling work for me. The values and beliefs that surface in this work shape how we move forward collectively with new equitable practices to achieve our goals.

How I got here:

It has been a long journey getting to Everyday Democracy. Ninety percent of my work life has been devoted to community-based, non-profit, change-oriented work. Somehow adult teaching and learning, research, publishing, and organizing define the core of my work. I was first introduced to the “Dialogue to Action to Change” model by Everyday Democracy staff in 2006 in my community. My community held a series of conversations on “Success for All Children.” Organizing for and participating in the conversations gave me a deep appreciation for the process.
 
What I do when I’m not helping communities create change:

Having fun with my quilting sisters and brothers, playing in the dirt getting my garden fixed, knitting complicated patterns, and listening to jazz are things that I enjoy.  However, I recently found a new love in Shibori indigo dyeing, which is fascinating! I also spend time watching old cowboy TV shows as a form of social research regarding the making of America.

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.