Here at the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC), we, like many others, have been grappling with what to do about COVID-19 as individuals, as an organization, and as part of several communities, systems, and networks. We are committed to keeping IISC and our clients healthy and safe amidst widespread disruptions and we seek to find the balance between our ongoing work and protecting the health and safety of one another.
In this rapidly evolving situation, things are changing daily. We are monitoring the CDC’s evolving recommendations for avoidance and containment of the coronavirus, actively putting in place thoughtful precautions and remaining as vigilant and informed as possible. In line with our values, IISC hopes that we can receive this public health concern as an opportunity to care for ourselves and others while holding our vulnerabilities.
With guidance from the various resources on more information and best practices, we encourage everyone to follow general health guidelines to regularly wash their hands, cover a cough or sneeze, and remain at home when feeling unwell.
After much discussion and consideration we have decided to postpone the following upcoming public workshops in Boston and New York City:
- Fundamentals of Facilitation for Racial Justice Work, March 24-25, 2020 in New York City
- Essential Facilitation, March 24-26, 2020 in Boston
- Facilitative Leadership for Social Change, March 31 – April 1, 2020 in Boston
We will continue to monitor developments in all the three cities where we offer publics – Oakland, New York, and Boston – and make further determinations in April and beyond. For those who still have paid registrations for the above workshops, we will be issuing a full refund and encourage you to check back for the next available workshops.
Within the complexities of the current environment, we are also trying to get creative; we will be exploring possible virtual training options amongst other workarounds and new initiatives.
We will share future updates as they develop and will have more information about next steps as the become available.
In the meantime, please stay safe and stay tuned.
Aba & Anastacia
IISC’s Training Team
p/s – Here are some resources we’re reading and appreciating as we too navigate these times:
- Coronavirus Now newsletter
- What more can you do about coronavirus and COVID-19
- Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens
- Social Justice in a Time of Social Distancing