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HOD Colloquium: Gordon Whitman, 'How to Participation in Social Change in a World on Fire'

Friday, January 26, 2018,

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  • Location: Mayborn Building • 130 Magnolia Cir • Nashville, TN 37212
  • Room: 205
Gordon will describe five types of conversations that enable people to build organizations that can solve local problems and confront the greatest challenges facing our country -- from gun violence to climate change.
As the deputy director of the PICO National Network (soon to be Faith in Action), the largest faith-based community organizing network in the U.S., Gordon Whitman has coached hundreds of organizers, clergy, and grassroots leaders. Working as a community organizer for the past 25 years, he’s helped people build some of the most effective new multi-racial community organizing groups over the past decade. He’s led national organizing campaigns on children’s health coverage, national health reform, and stopping of foreclosures.
Before becoming an organizer, Gordon worked as a legal services and civil rights lawyer in Philadelphia. He also served as the associate director of the Temple University Center for Public Policy. In 1993, he began working as a community organizer, directing successful organizing campaigns to improve low-performing schools and revitalize neighborhoods in Philadelphia. He was the founding organizer of Flint Area Congregations Together in Flint, Michigan. Gordon served as director of Research for Democracy at Temple University.  He is the author of policy reports and articles that have been published in theNYU Review of Law and Social ChangeSocial Policy, and Harvard Law Review. Gordon has lived and worked in Santiago, Chile and Quito, Ecuador. He has a bachelor's degree in history and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School