Transatlantic Voices - Protests for Progress? #BlackLivesMatter
Liebe Mitglieder, Freunde und Unterstützer des Amerika Haus e. V. NRW,
in unserer nächsten Ausgabe von „Transatlantic Voices – Stimmen aus Amerika in Zeiten von Corona“ greifen wir die aktuellen Proteste gegen Rassismus in den USA auf. In Kooperation mit dem American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) laden wir Sie herzlich ein, am Freitag, den 19. Juni um 17:00 Uhr mit uns zu diskutieren zum Thema
Protests for Progress? #BlackLivesMatter
Interim Executive Director of the New York Civic Engagement Table (NYCET), New York
Dillon Alexander Cathro
Director of Youth Organizing for 482Forward, Detroit
im Gespräch mit
Program Manager, Amerika Haus e. V. NRW
Marcela Barrientos is the Interim Executive Director of the New York Civic Engagement Table (NYCET). She is a proud immigrant who was born in Honduras and raised in New York City. Marcela has an extensive background working in the labor movement as a strategic campaigner, organizer and trainer. Prior to joining the New York Civic Engagement Table, Marcela was hired as the first Director of Organizing for, the AFL-CIO’s Latino constituency group, where she travelled throughout the country meeting with Latino union members, students and allies to organize around issues impacting their communities. She has also taught courses in social justice and theatre at community college and university levels. Marcela earned her undergraduate degree at NYU TISCH School of the Arts and her Master’s degree in Applied Theatre, at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies. She is also a recipient of NYU’s Hemispheric Institute EmergeNYC Fellowship.
Dillon Alexander Cathro graduated from St. Olaf College in 2017, with a double major in Social Work and French. After an eventful year of teaching English in France, and then working as a middle school in-school suspension teacher in Nebraska, Dillon went to complete a 12-month Masters in Social Work degree at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, specializing in Interpersonal Practice with Children, Youth and Families. Through the Ullman-Freud Fellowship, Dillon worked on a program to evaluate the extent to which students in the TLGBQIA+ community felt affirmed and welcomed in their professional internships (i.e. SSW, Public Health, Nursing, etc.). This project generated a vast amount of research and results that Dillon hopes will be used by future scholars to improve the experiences in TLGBQAI+ folks in the SSW, and greater University community. Furthermore, Dillon was also a member of the Sexual Misconduct Education and Sanction Working group, as well as the Sexual Misconduct Advisor Board, both of which strived to eradicate sexual violence throughout the college community, through preventive education and policy reform. Currently, Dillon works as the Director of Youth Organizing for 482Forward, an education-justice non-profit organization in Detroit, MI. Dillon hopes to eventually earn in a PhD in Applied Linguistic or Higher Education, focusing on Pedagogy reform, the ultimate goal being to teach in an undergraduate social work program at a liberal arts school college.
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