ANNOUNCING THE JEWISH WOMEN OF COLOR RESILIENCE CIRCLE 2018-19!

With generous support from the Nathan Cummings, Jim Joseph and Lippman Kanfer Foundations Dimensions Educational Consulting and Auburn Theological Seminary are pleased to announce their partnership to launch the “Jewish Women of Color Resilience Circle.”   The JWOC Resilience Circle is a fellowship whose specific mission is to prioritize and elevate care of the bodies, minds and spirits of Jewish Women of Color.

As Women of Color continue to lead and disproportionately serve our contemporary social justice movement, the diverse racial, cultural, spiritual, sexual and class identities that intersect within our lived experiences are requiring us to be resilient and resourceful in championing justice within our own lives and within the social justice spaces we navigate.

The JWOC Resilience Circle is a Gift to Jewish Women Leaders of Color Everywhere…       

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

If you have been seeking resource and a community to support you in caring for our collective survival while avoiding erasure of the multiple identities you hold as a JOC Womyn…

The JWOC Resilience Circle is for YOU!

If you have been seeking an intersectional model for leadership that celebrates the nexus between Transformational Activism, Transformational Spirituality, and Transformational Self-care…

The JWOC Resilience Circle is for YOU!

If you are interested in a year-long opportunity to build community with other JWOC leaders that will:

  • Center your identity within a co-created “Resilience Curriculum” designed by and for women leaders of color
  • Engage you in a series of critical conversations and workshops with contemporary social justice leaders
  • Feed you with three annual gatherings and monthly webinars to facilitate cooperative skill building and the lived application of sustainable leadership and activism
  • Empower you through coaching, mentoring, community building and partnering to leverage present and historical Auburn “Circle” relationships toward deepening power and capacity across JWOC leaders

The JWOC Resilience Circle is for YOU!

Application Process

To support you in making the most of this opportunity, the JWOC Resilience Circle will begin with a selection process that asks you to describe your goals for deepening your social justice leadership through strategic attention to the nexus of personal ecology, spirituality and activism.

As part of the application process you will be asked to share:

  • What kind of support (personal and professional) do you need to amplify your voice, impact and influence as a transformational social justice leader?
  • What leadership gifts would you bring to the JWOC Resilience Circle?
  • How would you describe your history of social justice activism and what your current vision for change looks like?
  • Who are others in your life and work that can share with us the impact of your leadership?

The deadline for submission of your application is April 19, 2018. Circle leaders will be selected for participation by May 1, 2018 and our first circle convening will take place in June 2018. Program participants will receive assessment and goal setting tools, readings and group discussion resources and a stipend of $1500 per participant to utilize within an established self-care project.

Circle leaders will be required to participate in three gatherings over the course of a year to form relationships, share wisdom and learn from other transformational leaders in the social justice field. Between gatherings, participants will be engaged through learning partners, monthly webinars and conference video calls that will assist each woman in skill building, adopting best practices, and crafting concrete steps for their development of resilience strategies.

Project Timeline: March 2018 – February 2019

  • Recruit Jewish Women Leaders of Color (March -April 2018)
  • Review applications and select Circle leaders (April – May 2018)
  • Facilitate pre-conference video call with Circle leaders (May 2018)
  • Convene for first JWOC Circle Gathering (June 2018)
  • Facilitate first webinar and relationship building conference call (July 2018)
  • Convene Second Circle Gathering (Sept. 2018)
  • Facilitate second webinar and relationship building conference call (Oct. 2018)
  • Convene Third Circle Gathering (December 2018)
  • Facilitate third webinar and relationship building conference call (Jan. 2019)
  • Culmination Gathering (February 2018)

How to Apply:

Complete the attached application and references and send to JWOCResilience@Dimensionsedc.com by April 19, 2018. For questions regarding participation in the program feel free to reach out to Program Coordinators Lisa Anderson and Yavilah McCoy at:

Yavilah@dimensionsedc.com and landerson@auburnseminary.org

For application questions by phone please feel free to call Dimensions at 617.804.5213

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:

Section I. Identifying Information

1: Name – First name, last name

2: Organization Name

3: Position Title

4: Email –

5: Cell Phone

6: Office Phone

7: Street Address 1 (Work)

8: City

9: State

10: Zip Code

11: Street Address 2 (Home)

Section II. Personal Background Information

The JWOC Resilience Circle is committed to servicing JOC Women across diverse age, gender, racial, sexual, ethnic/cultural, class, religious and differently observing identities. Please help our efforts to create a circle community that holds our depth and diversity by providing your information regarding the following:

12: Date of Birth

13: Gender Identity

14: Sexual Orientation

15: Racial Identity

16: Ethnic/Cultural Heritage

17: Class Background (raised/current)

18: Jewish Identity

Section III. Your Leadership Journey

19: Please describe your role as a social justice leader. Include your position within the organization you work with/for, your role and responsibilities.

20: Please share a recent leadership success in your work.

21: Please share a recent leadership challenge

22: Please share your history of social justice activism. What does your current vision for change looks like?

23: Please share how your current relationship to faith/spirituality, activism, and self-care have impacted your leadership.

Section IV: Supporting Your Leadership

24: What kind of support (personal and professional) do you need to amplify your voice, impact and influence as a transformational social justice leader? (fill in answer)

25: In what ways can you imagine benefitting from a supportive JOC/POC Women’s Circle of leaders and learners? What gifts would you bring to the JWOC Resilience Circle?

26: Who are others in your life and work that can share with us the impact of your leadership? Please provide two letters of recommendation: one from an individual that knows you professionally and another that can provide a personal reference.

27: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

28: How did you hear about the JWOC Resilience Circle?

29: Please share a picture and brief bio (100 words or less)

Thank you for completing your application to the JWOC Resilience Circle!

The deadline for submission of applications is April 19, 2018. Circle leaders will be selected for participation by May 1, 2018. We look forward to reading your application and to being back in touch!

For questions regarding your application or participation in the program feel free to reach out to Program Coordinators Lisa Anderson and Yavilah McCoy at:

Yavilah@dimensionsedc.com and landerson@auburnseminary.org

For specific application questions by phone please feel free to call Dimensions at 617.804.5213