Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Caux Scholar Program – Asia Plateau 2017 (CSP-AP) was an impressive group. This is the second year I taught in CSP-AP and I was left convinced that the program and the participants will have an impact when they return to their communities. The group bonded more quickly than in the first year I taught and had a sense of responsibility that was beyond their years.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation

Healing the racial divide is “the most important thing any of us can be involved in,” said former Mississippi governor, William Winter, at the start of a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Summit in December. A multi-sector group of 16 Richmond leaders took part in the summit held in Carlsbad, California, at the invitation of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Ginter Urban Gardener Project

Last summer Duron Chavis (CTF 2015) was hired by the nationally renowned Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA, as its first Community Engagement Coordinator. In this new position Duron is chiefly responsible for the Garden’s outreach and relationship-building across a diverse community.

Monday, January 16, 2017
Cultivating cultural agility

We are shaped by culture. The context of our personal identity is the culture we swim in. We are not often aware of this until we encounter those who are different from us, who are not part of our in-group. By meeting and understanding individuals from other cultures, we can gain an important understanding of our self, as well as the other. On December 16, the DC Interfaith Network, supported by Initiatives of Change, held a workshop on "Cultivating cultural agility" in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Rajmohan Gandhi

Rajmohan Gandhi, who served as President of Initiatives of Change International from 2009 – 2011, was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities by President Lou Anna Simon of Michigan State University on December 17 of last year. The citation read in part, "For more than half a century, you have been associated with Initiatives of Change, a group committed to trustbuilding, reconciliation and democracy,"