People Of Color (POC) Gatherings are bi-monthly virtual meetings for and by POC living and working in the state of Washington. This is an intergenerational virtual safe space for POC to come together, connect, and support one another in healing, learning, and finding ways to take social and political action.
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How it Began
In the midst of the murder of George Floyd and so many other people of color at the hands of law enforcement, as well as the associated uprisings in the spring and summer of 2020, North Sound ACH was approached by a staff member of one of our partner organizations who brought forth the need for a space where people of color could gather, let down their guards, and process together.
North Sound ACH is honored to offer resources to support this group. With the help of Seed Collaborative, the first convening for people of color took place on June 22, 2020. The convenings grew from being a monthly gathering group facilitation, to creating a podcast in hopes to reach a larger audience. Read more about the origins of the group in this blog post.
Read more from our membership:
Read this blog post by North Sound ACH CEO, Liz Baxter, which she wrote in the wake of George Floyd Calling Us to Action
Read this blog post by North Sound COO, Nicole Willis, about what action the ACH took in 2020 George Floyd Faced Two Pandemics
Read our Commitment to Advancing Anti-Racism at North Sound ACH
Learn about one of our guiding principles, Targeted Universalism, with this article by the Othering and Belonging Institute, and explore more on this topic on the North Sound Resource Library.
2022 Meeting Schedule
Meetings are on Zoom from 3:30-5 p.m. Upcoming meetings on: June 22, September 28, and November 23. Meeting summaries for previous meetings: February 23, and April 27, 2022.
Who We Are
Simone Basail is an Account Manager with SEED Collaborative, providing high-level support, planning, and coordination between SEED consultants and clients. She also manages company social media communications and marketing needs, and has a background in entrepreneurship, project management, branding and personal health.
Evan is a co-founder of SEED Collaborative, where she leads the organizational development and Targeted Universalism practices. Evan specializes in the design and facilitation of collaborative group processes and dynamics, qualitative data collection and analysis, strategic planning, and so much more.
Jacque Julian is the Executive Director of Communities of Color Coalition, and has a strong reputation for building and sustaining strong and successful partnerships across diverse constituencies. Her leadership style is focused on collaboration and partnership to facilitate dialogue to build, strengthen and inspire others for civic engagement.
North Sound ACH Land Acknowledgement: We begin by acknowledging, with humility, that the land where we are today, is the territory of the People of the Salish Sea. Their presence is imbued in the waterways, shorelines, valleys and mountains of the traditional homelands of the Coast Salish People – Since Time Immemorial…