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Malana Rogers-Bursen

Program Associate

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Why I work at Everyday Democracy:

We’re a unique and creative organization that cares about people first – from the individual to the community to the country. We focus on relationship building in our community work and also in our office culture. The staff has become like a family to me over the last 7 years.

 

What I love about what I do:

I like the chance to hear about the successes and challenges of the local work, and talk with the real change makers on the ground. In my role, I follow up with communities across the country to think about how we can continue to support them and learn from them. One of my biggest passions is highlighting the work of young leaders; young people have always been at the forefront of change. I get to do this by building intergenerational equity and leadership into different pieces of our work.

 

How I got here:

Growing up in a rural town in Connecticut as a person of color, racial dynamics were always on my mind. In 2010, I graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. I got an internship at Everyday Democracy, because of their explicit focus on racial equity. I’ve been connected to Everyday Democracy ever since, while also doing more local work in my Hartford community on racial justice, educational equity and food justice.

 

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

I enjoy spending time with friends & family, singing, dancing and building community. I’m also an activist, and recently returned from the UN Climate Summit (Cop22) in Marrakesh, Morocco. Our delegation led workshops on the connection between racism, climate change and healing.

I'm on the board of CTCORE - Organize Now, a CT statewide organization dedicated to building a culture of racial justice community organizing by supporting and training a network of grassroots leaders. I support their growth through the co-creation of a CTCORE Hartford chapter and providing input into a statewide racial justice platform.

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.