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Joyce Wong

Research and Learning Associate

Why I work at Everyday Democracy:

The Dialogue to Change approach with a racial/intergenerational equity lens that can lead to potential individual, community, and also institutional/system changes in society is a very compelling process to me. Including people and communities, who have been historically excluded from decision making processes, is critical to a healthy democracy and I am grateful to work for an organization whose mission and vision is to advance these goals.

What I love about what I do:

As the Research and Learning Associate, I enjoy assisting communities and our team in increasing our understanding through evaluation and research of how community engagement initiatives contribute to the outcomes and impacts in moving towards a more racially equitable and democratic society.

How I got here:

Before Everyday Democracy, I worked for a faith-based non-profit that helped college students integrate faith, leadership development, and social justice. For one of our projects, I had asked Everyday Democracy to lead a structural racism workshop with us and after that, loved what Everyday Democracy was about and wanted to be involved!

What I do when I’m not helping communities create change:

Anything that has to do with food- eating, trying new foods and restaurants, cooking, or watching food shows. Reading. Watching WNBA games, running, cycling, hiking, and visiting museums.

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources 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.