The Advocates has joined with a group of Liberian women in the Minnesota diaspora community to form the Liberian Women’s Roundtable. Liberian women played a critically important role in bringing an end to conflict in Liberia and are playing powerful roles in leading their community in the diaspora. The Liberian Women’s Roundtable is an initiative specifically for Liberian diaspora women from a broad cross-section of backgrounds. The open membership group is organized around issues affecting the Liberian community in Minnesota. Each of the issues discussed is brought to the table by group members who collectively engage to discuss potential solutions, seek out resources, and propose community actions.
Specifically, during 2010-2011 the Liberian Women's Roundtable is focused on the issue of Liberian parental involvement in the educational success of their children. The group sees this as a critical issue for the future of Liberians in Minnesota and is in the process of gathering information about barriers to parental involvement, as well as raising community awareness about the importance of parents being involved in their children's school success. If you are a Liberian parent, please take a few minutes to complete the Liberian Women's Roundtable parent involvement survey.
In addition to discussion and problem solving meetings, the group participates in a variety of trainings, covering topics of reconciliation, community engagement, organizing and capacity building, as well as the Transitions Framework.
If you are interested in learning more about the Liberian Women's Roundtable or would like to attend upcoming meetings, please contact Jennifer Prestholdt at: [email protected], or 612-341-3302 ext. 111.
The Liberian Women's Roundtable is generously supported by the Andrus Family Fund. If you are a member of the group, click here to access the password protected site.
Aug. 27, 2010: Roundtable Members' Interview on KMOJ
Oct. 3, 2010: Roundtable Featured in Star Tribune
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