Welcoming our new Office Manager, Brandi Augustus

  Augustus_Work-6 She was born in  Plainfield, NJ in 1985 and was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her mother was office manager for the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority where she was exposed to speakers addressing social injustice in her and how to try combat prejudice that was ever prevalent in her community. This was her first taste of activism. She attended Aiken Senior High School, Cincinnati, Oh where she was involved in both Teen Institute and Leadership Team Programs; which taught her how to not only care for her community, but who to lead it as well. Her “Call to Action” moment came in 2001 when she was a sophomore in high school and 19 year old Timothy Thomas was unjustly shot and killed by officer Stephen Roach. The city erupted in protest in response. This led to the biggest case of civil disobedience since the 1992 LA riots. The city government put the city on an 8 p.m. curfew. Residents decided to counter with their own entertainment ban that called for the protest of all entertainment revenue coming into the city as well as a boycott of all of downtown businesses. The boycott ended up costing the city over $10 million dollars over time. City residents also called for police retraining and reform. This was when she realized what could happen when people unified and believed they could change the world. Meanwhile, she began working for 5-star hotels as front desk agent/night auditor where she worked hard to make each guest that know that they were family. She felt that her decade-plus experience in the field of customer service and hospitality, and her passion to create a better world combine to make her the ideal person to be the welcoming face at Highlander…and the staff agreed

Thoughts for our regional neighbors affected by the fires.

Thanks for your inquiries about us given the proximity of the fires in our area.

Gaitlinburg and Pigeon Forge were moved from voluntary evacuation to mandatory yesterday evening, and some outlying Gatlinburg businesses and hotels have burned.

The smoke at Highlander is visible and affecting breathing for some. The fires themselves are still several miles away. Gatlinburg is 30 miles from Highlander. The good news is that substantial rain is expected to start this evening.

Below are ways you can support the people affected in Sevier County.

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/357810685

 

Rest(oration), Reflection, and Rejuvenation for the Movement

Click here to register

Dear Organizer and Activist on the Frontlines of Today’s Movements,

 

SNCC organizer and now professor and writer Charles Cobb once told a crowd at a Boston House party that a powerful thing during the civil rights movement was the way ‘Highlander just threw open its doors.

We were moved by that appreciation and reminded of how respite is needed for those on the front lines throwing their lives at justice confronting injustice on systemic and personal levels.

Highlander has thrown open our doors in many ways and many times, and continues to, and now we are in another movement time when we are called to try even more.

During the coming holiday seasons, we are making two offerings of Highlander for Rest(oration), Reflection and Rejuvenation for movement activists on the front line, especially those in the movement for Black Lives and the Black Lives Matter network.

During the dates of November 22 –29 and December 27 – Jan 3, we invite people on the front lines who need it to come to Highlander. You can stay a single night or a number of days. We offer both lodging and food. Highlander will provide an evening meal prepared for you by our staff. For breakfast and lunch, there will also be simple fare and facilities available to you for your own preparation of those meals. Spaces are limited and Highlander staff will confirm your attendance.

 

We do not have a grant to do this. We are called to do it. Please visit our website to complete registration form so we can prepare for you.

 

-The Staff of the Highlander Center

For more information, contact Andre: [email protected]

Call to Action- Tennessee’s Social Studies curriculum

Call to Action to Tennessee Residents and People Who Used to Live in TN

A new proposal threatens to strip critical pieces of Tennessee’s history from the required Social Studies curriculum in Tennessee Public Schools. Important civil rights figures and events are proposed for removal including references to Highlander, not only known for our role in the Civil Rights’ Era but also as a place still resilient in the fight for social justice.

We are also concerned about the erasure of other prominent figures and social justice movements including the effort to extend voting rights to women, acknowledgment of Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Alex Haley and “Roots,” the tent city movement in western Tennessee, the Coal Creek War, and the story of how Tennessee became the “Volunteer State”. It is critical for students to connect state history to national events, to be civically informed, and to understand the past in order to create a better future. Join us in stopping the erasure of the Tennessee’s rich cultural and political history from state education standards today.

Articles

Standards of Interest

  • Fifth Grade Standard 5.51 (Key events/people during the Civil Rights Movement)
  • US History Standard US 79 (Significant Events)

Action Items

  1. CRITIQUE THE STANDARD: Tennessee residents (current and former) may comment through the formal hearing process which closes on October 28th at https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/. Since the proposed curriculum doesn’t mention the areas that are to be dropped, be sure to note the specific items that you think should remain in the curriculum in the standards above. It is also critical that these items be in the REQUIRED CURRICULUM – not just electives, which are not offered in most counties.
  2. SEND AN EMAIL: Concerns about the proposal can be sent to [email protected]
  3. WRITE LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR / OP-ED PIECES for Tennessee newspapers
  4. EDUCATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS: Please share this call to action and the listed articles to your social media networks and email contact lists.

Highlander House Party in Jamaica Plain, MA Sunday October 16th, 4-6PM

We invite you to a fundraising house party for the Highlander Center Sunday October 16th, 4-6pm to  celebrate the 12 year leadership of outgoing Director Pam McMichael and raise funds to support Highlander in this transition and its ongoing cutting edge work. With Highlander Education Team Co-Coordinator Kierra Sims and Seeds of Fire Intern Jarrel “Jay-Jay” Strong. To RSVP and for accessible parking, email Amelie Ratliff, [email protected]

You can make an online donation through https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1417777 and click the “Boston House Party” to donate online.

Send checks to:

Highlander Center

Boston House Party

1959 Highlander Way

New Market, TN  37820

 HOST COMMITTEE

Amelie Ratliff

Henry and Tish Allen

Janet Axelrod and Tim Plenk

Kenneth Bailey

Peggy Barrett

Lizzy Cooper Davis and Omo Moses

Derrick C. Evans

Ravi Khanna

Brinton Lykes

Gillian Mason

Yeshimabeit (Yeshi) Milner

Catherine Mooney

Maisha Moses

Rachel Plattus and Eli Feghali

Tarso Luis Ramos

Penny Fujiko Willgerodt

Economic and Governance Curriculum Training of Trainers in St. Helena’s, SC Dec. 1-4

 

Click here to apply

We are looking for teams of people who are interested in participating in and learning to facilitate a new version of Highlander’s Economic and Governance Curriculum.    We will be leading this training of trainers to help prepare people to run the sessions in communities. Participants will help facilitate our way through the curriculum, provide feedback along the way, and then take some time to practice facilitation.

Intro to Econ and Gov Curriculum

 

This Economics and Governance Training of Trainers will take place at the historic and beautiful Penn Center on Saint Helena’s Island, near Beaufort, S.C., from December 1-4.  The training will start with lunch on Thursday the 1st and end with lunch on Sunday, the 4th. 

 

We are delighted to be holding this training at the Penn Center.  For more than 150 years, Penn Center National Historic Landmark District, located on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, has been at the epicenter of African American education, historic preservation, and social justice for tens of thousands of descendants of formerly enslaved West Africans living in the Sea Islands, known as the Gullah Geechee people. (From their website).   You can read more about this amazing institution at www.penncenter.org.

 

Commitment

We are asking that teams of 2-3 from your community/organization/network attend the pilot training of trainers.  To participate each person would need to be able to attend all of the session.  We are looking for teams interested in learning to facilitate this curriculum with their organizations or in their community.   We hope to get a good cross-section from across the South and Appalachia.  We also hope to having a few teams from outside this region. We will provide room and board for the training and we have some scholarships for travel for groups from our priority regions and will also work to help people to carpool to Penn Center.

We have attached a team application that you can fill out and send back by mail or email, and we will be making an on-line application.   We are including a brief schedule for our training, and a two pager that shares more about this curriculum.  Mail to Samir at Highlander Center, 1959 Highlander Way, New Market TN 37820 or email [email protected]

The Penn Center is located near Beaufort, S.C.   It is about an hour from both the Charleston and Savannah airports so we can help people coordinate travel if you are flying..

If you have any questions – feel free to contact us!  Contact Samir or Susan, contact info is below.

 

Thanks,

Samir Rohlin Hazboun  [email protected]

Susan Williams [email protected]

Elandria Williams, and the Highlander Research and Education Center Team

 

 

Draft Schedule for Highlander Economics & Governance Training of Trainers

 

Thursday, December 1st

 Morning – arrivals, registrations, visit Penn Center Museum

 12:00pm Lunch

 1:00pm Welcome, Introduction to the Penn Center

 

Module 1 of Curriculum

Introductions and Altar (35 mins)

Norms and Agreements (15 mins)

Highlander intro and methodology skits (50 mins)

Family Tree (25 mins)

Mocktail (25 mins)

 

Facilitation and Leadership

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Divide into teams; each team will be give a module to facilitate for the rest of the group.

 

Friday, December 2nd

8:00am Breakfast

During the day Friday – teams will run Modules 2-4, with time to debrief each session in-between.

 

Module 2:  (120 minutes)

Machines and Life Forms (60 mins)

Community Mapping (60 mins)

 

Module 3: (105 minutes)

What do I want to see in the world (20 mins)

Capitalism & Governance Timeline (35 mins)

Levels of governance + personalized issue (20 mins)

Add discovered knowledge to maps (15 mins)

Debrief the day (20 mins)

 

Module 4: (100 mins)

Opening and Reflections (20 mins)

10 chairs (20 mins)

Circle of Capitalism and solidarity interventions (60 mins)

 

6:00pm Dinner

 7:00pm Debrief and evaluate the first 4 modules, challenges of facilitation, suggestions for changes.

 

Saturday, December 3rd

 8:00am Breakfast

 9:00am Teams will run modules 5-7 through Saturday, with time to give feedback between each module.

 Module 5:  (80 mins)

Labor and Time: Bad Job Art  (30 mins)

Experience with ownership (15 mins)

Mapping Ownership (20 minutes)

Debriefing (15 minutes)

 

Module 6: (90 mins)

The Story of Chocolate – labor, trade, globalization, value chains (45 mins)

Democracy and Law in Everyday Life (45 mins)

 

Module 7: Beautiful Solutions – (90 minutes)

Stepping Stones (45 mins)

Innovation for Social Good (45 mins)

 

6:00pm Dinner

 7:00pm Debrief the day and have a party!

 

Sunday, December 4th

 8:00 Breakfast

 9am-12pm: Debrief overall process, evaluate curriculum, develop plan for next steps

 12:00pm Lunch and goodbyes!

Economic and Governance Curriculum Training of Trainers in St. Helena's, SC Dec. 1-4

 

Click here to apply

We are looking for teams of people who are interested in participating in and learning to facilitate a new version of Highlander’s Economic and Governance Curriculum.    We will be leading this training of trainers to help prepare people to run the sessions in communities. Participants will help facilitate our way through the curriculum, provide feedback along the way, and then take some time to practice facilitation.

Intro to Econ and Gov Curriculum

 

This Economics and Governance Training of Trainers will take place at the historic and beautiful Penn Center on Saint Helena’s Island, near Beaufort, S.C., from December 1-4.  The training will start with lunch on Thursday the 1st and end with lunch on Sunday, the 4th. 

 

We are delighted to be holding this training at the Penn Center.  For more than 150 years, Penn Center National Historic Landmark District, located on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, has been at the epicenter of African American education, historic preservation, and social justice for tens of thousands of descendants of formerly enslaved West Africans living in the Sea Islands, known as the Gullah Geechee people. (From their website).   You can read more about this amazing institution at www.penncenter.org.

 

Commitment

We are asking that teams of 2-3 from your community/organization/network attend the pilot training of trainers.  To participate each person would need to be able to attend all of the session.  We are looking for teams interested in learning to facilitate this curriculum with their organizations or in their community.   We hope to get a good cross-section from across the South and Appalachia.  We also hope to having a few teams from outside this region. We will provide room and board for the training and we have some scholarships for travel for groups from our priority regions and will also work to help people to carpool to Penn Center.

We have attached a team application that you can fill out and send back by mail or email, and we will be making an on-line application.   We are including a brief schedule for our training, and a two pager that shares more about this curriculum.  Mail to Samir at Highlander Center, 1959 Highlander Way, New Market TN 37820 or email [email protected]

The Penn Center is located near Beaufort, S.C.   It is about an hour from both the Charleston and Savannah airports so we can help people coordinate travel if you are flying..

If you have any questions – feel free to contact us!  Contact Samir or Susan, contact info is below.

 

Thanks,

Samir Rohlin Hazboun  [email protected]

Susan Williams [email protected]

Elandria Williams, and the Highlander Research and Education Center Team

 

 

Draft Schedule for Highlander Economics & Governance Training of Trainers

 

Thursday, December 1st

 Morning – arrivals, registrations, visit Penn Center Museum

 12:00pm Lunch

 1:00pm Welcome, Introduction to the Penn Center

 

Module 1 of Curriculum

Introductions and Altar (35 mins)

Norms and Agreements (15 mins)

Highlander intro and methodology skits (50 mins)

Family Tree (25 mins)

Mocktail (25 mins)

 

Facilitation and Leadership

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Divide into teams; each team will be give a module to facilitate for the rest of the group.

 

Friday, December 2nd

8:00am Breakfast

During the day Friday – teams will run Modules 2-4, with time to debrief each session in-between.

 

Module 2:  (120 minutes)

Machines and Life Forms (60 mins)

Community Mapping (60 mins)

 

Module 3: (105 minutes)

What do I want to see in the world (20 mins)

Capitalism & Governance Timeline (35 mins)

Levels of governance + personalized issue (20 mins)

Add discovered knowledge to maps (15 mins)

Debrief the day (20 mins)

 

Module 4: (100 mins)

Opening and Reflections (20 mins)

10 chairs (20 mins)

Circle of Capitalism and solidarity interventions (60 mins)

 

6:00pm Dinner

 7:00pm Debrief and evaluate the first 4 modules, challenges of facilitation, suggestions for changes.

 

Saturday, December 3rd

 8:00am Breakfast

 9:00am Teams will run modules 5-7 through Saturday, with time to give feedback between each module.

 Module 5:  (80 mins)

Labor and Time: Bad Job Art  (30 mins)

Experience with ownership (15 mins)

Mapping Ownership (20 minutes)

Debriefing (15 minutes)

 

Module 6: (90 mins)

The Story of Chocolate – labor, trade, globalization, value chains (45 mins)

Democracy and Law in Everyday Life (45 mins)

 

Module 7: Beautiful Solutions – (90 minutes)

Stepping Stones (45 mins)

Innovation for Social Good (45 mins)

 

6:00pm Dinner

 7:00pm Debrief the day and have a party!

 

Sunday, December 4th

 8:00 Breakfast

 9am-12pm: Debrief overall process, evaluate curriculum, develop plan for next steps

 12:00pm Lunch and goodbyes!

Job Announcement: Executive Director Open Position Announcement

Job Announcement

Executive Director Open Position Announcement

Overview of the Position

 

Highlander Research and Education’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement-building in Appalachia and the South. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, we help create spaces — at our center and in local communities — where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible.

We develop leadership and help create and support strong, democratic organizations that work for justice, equity and sustainability in their own communities and that join with others to build broad movements for social, economic and restorative environmental change.  Highlander is committed to building Southern people power. We are dedicated to building local, regional, and national power from the grassroots, in order to dismantle the system that continues to oppress our people.

 

Are you the person we’ve been searching for?

We’re looking for someone who “gets” Highlander, someone who loves the place and feels connected to its history, its trajectory, and/or has felt the impact of Highlander on their life, work, or spirit. We’re looking for someone passionate about the future of Highlander, with ideas about what it could look like. At the same time, we’re looking for someone willing to shape this future alongside others, and able to take into account the needs, ebbs and flows of a vast and diverse region.

 

We’re looking for a visionary who can both lead and accompany the organization into its next phase. The Executive Director gives direction and leadership to fulfill the organization’s mission and provides guidance to work teams. We are looking for someone who loves to listen: to the staff, to the people on the ground in our Southern communities, and to the land.

 

We’re looking for a director that is committed to the South and understands that the South has a crucial and unique role in self determining the future of this region. We are committed to social, economic, and restorative justice as a main avenue to our liberation and seek a director willing to join staff in building collective power and courage for our people.

 

Who do you work for? How does it work?

The Executive Director (E.D.), as Chief Executive Officer, is hired by the Board of Directors, acts on the authority of the Board, and is ultimately responsible to the Board.  The E.D. directly supervises and evaluates team coordinators – Education, Development and Communications, and Operations. Highlander does not have a flat structure, but mechanisms are in place to ensure that all voices are heard, and it’s important to us that the Executive Director understand those mechanisms and do their part to keep them running.

 

The E.D.  is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the Highlander Research and Education Center, Inc. and the Fund for Highlander Research and Education Center, Inc., as well as of each committee of the Board. With the Board Chair, support the Board to fulfill its governance role to support each board member to be as effective as possible. The E.D. ensures that the policies and decisions of the Board are implemented.

 

 

Responsibilities:

Mission and Programs

  • Act and communicate (in writing and orally), representing the mission and goals as outlined in the Strategic Analysis and Action Plan and work of Highlander.
  • Coordinate the evaluation of Highlander’s overall work.
  • Facilitate good working relationships between Highlander and the people we serve, partners, and other stakeholders.

 

Organizational Culture

  • Create an environment and working conditions to support excellent work.
  • Ensure that hiring, orientation, evaluation, conflict resolution, and grievance procedures are conducted in a fair and timely manner.
  • Ensure that Highlander is actively working against all forms of oppression and exploitation.
  • Address work performance issues proactively and take overall responsibility for hiring, training, developing, evaluating and releasing staff.

 

Resource Development and Management

  • Strategically raise and manage sufficient resources in pursuit of Highlander’s mission and in line with Highlander’s organizational values.
  • Maintain, build and leverage good relationships with Highlander’s donors and friends.

 

Qualifications: We seek a highly qualified candidate who

  1. Will keep the purpose of our work and the people whom we serve at the center of our activities and decisions.
  2. Has a proven track record of resource development and financial management for an organization of comparable size and complexity
  3. Has a clear and well-articulated race, class and gender analysis
  4. Has extensive experience and deep commitment to the self determination of historically marginalized communities
  5. Can clearly articulate their leadership style
  6. Has at least 8 years of experience in social justice movement work, with increased organizational responsibilities
  7. Understands how systems function and has a systems approach to internal and social change
  8. Has a collaborative and inviting verbal and written communication style
  9. Brings a transformative/holistic approach to internal organizational culture and external mission and relationships
  10. Has a positive attitude and the capacity to work through challenges with persistence, resilience and humor
  11. Has experience with and knowledge of program evaluation and research methods
  12. Has excellent organizational and planning skills
  13. Has a deep commitment to personal growth and professional development for her/himself and their staff
  14. Is a strategic thinker
  15. Maintains a high standard of political and ethical behavior.
  16. Bilingual or bicultural skills desirable, but not required

 

COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with regional salary range.  Very generous benefits package, including health, dental, vision, retirement and exceptional vacation time. This position is exempt and as such is not entitled to overtime.

 

To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]; applications received by October 12, 2016 will receive highest priority.

The Highlander Research and Education Center is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.

Highlander Seeks Office Manager

 

Job Announcement

Highlander Seeks Office Manager

Organization Summary

The Highlander Research and Education Center is an 84 year old popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and across the U.S. South to promote social and economic justice. Highlander’s long and proud history includes cutting edge work with labor education and organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, environmental justice in Appalachia, and more recently, the changing demographics of our region. Widely acclaimed as a leadership development center for grassroots activists across race, culture and generations, Highlander is world-renowned as a beacon for progressive organizing.

Overview of position:

This position will provide administrative support to Highlander’s Staff. This is a full time position.

The Office Manager is a vital team member for both internal and external work at Highlander. While providing the internal administrative support that helps maintain well-functioning teams and organizational harmony, this position will also serve as the first point of contact for many of our guests, partner organizations, and potential visitors and workshop participants.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Answer the phone and greet guests
  • Maintain the calendar for Workshop Center event rentals
  • Invoicing
  • Book travel for Board and staff
  • Documentation, storage, and internal sharing of meeting notes
  • Assist the Development Team as needed (donor mailings, grant documentation, etc.)
  • Assist the Finance Team as needed (material development and coordination, etc.)
  • Assist with the development, editing, printing, and storage of documents and materials

Helpful skills and experience for this position:

  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Able to establish rapport with activists and community members in diverse ethnic, racial, social and economic groups
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Computer savvy and willing to explore and utilize new technologies
  • Solid administrative skills
  • Time management ability and strong organizational skills
  • Bookkeeping experience is a plus
  • Bi or Multi-Lingual is a plus

Expectations of all staff positions at Highlander:

  • Passionate about Highlander’s purpose and able to communicate our program work effectively.
  • Committed to racial, gender, economic, environmental and social justice.
  • Organized and able to balance multiple responsibilities with grace.
  • Be an active participant in a democratically participatory organization.
  • Keep Highlander’s purpose and the people with whom we work central.
  • Sense of humor welcome and most helpful.
  • High degree of honesty and integrity.

 

Salary and Benefits:

Highlander offers excellent pay and benefits including health insurance and generous paid time off.

To Apply:

Send letter of interest, resume, and references to:  [email protected]

This position starts as soon as possible.  Resumes will be accepted until October 28th or the position is filled.