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Emergent Strategy Ideation Workshop

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Join SCG on the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing for a virtual experience centering and uplifting the practices and knowledge of Black femmes. Lively conversations and workshops will guide us to remember, reciprocate, and reconnect with the gentle wisdom of nature.

The National Day of Racial Healing was established in 2017 as an annual convening of activists, artists, healers, changemakers, and community members that come together for dialogue and action towards much needed and long overdue racial healing in this nation.

 

Part 2: Emergent Strategy Ideation Workshop

Our second part of the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing focuses on the reciprocation and exchange of wisdom. This interactive workshop will introduce concepts from adrienne maree brown's book, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. Participants will learn the principles that allow us to harness the power of change: adaptation, interdependence, collaborative ideation, transformative justice, and resilience through decentralization. This session will be dynamic and responsive while engaging bravery and conflict generatively. By exploring vulnerability and imagination practices, we can begin to create a future — beyond competition, binaries, linear, and short-term outcomes — and strengthen our commitment to a world that can hold each of us in a state of care, skill, and grace.

 

Speaker

PG Watkins

(they/them)

Paige PG Watkins is a nonbinary organizer, facilitator and organizational strategist from Detroit. PG believes that organizing and storytelling are interconnected and is committed to using both mediums to shift dominant oppressive narratives and change the material conditions of Black people in Detroit and beyond. Their experience with organizational development, grassroots organizing and facilitating intergenerational healing and visionary spaces has given them the tools to lead Black Bottom Archives (BBA) through a collaborative strategic planning process and create goals and priorities that will sustain BBA’s work and the legacy of Black Detroiters across time. PG Watkins is a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)’s Detroit chapter and a board member of the James & Grace Lee Boggs Center.

 

Part 1: Keepers of Ancestral Medicine Panel

Tuesday, January 19 | 10:00am - 11:30am

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

Registration
Register online 
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact Monica Banks at [email protected].

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require an accommodation to participate in this activity, please contact Monica Banks at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Keepers of Ancestral Medicine Panel

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

Join SCG on the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing for a virtual experience centering and uplifting the practices and knowledge of Black femmes. Lively conversations and workshops will guide us to remember, reciprocate, and reconnect with the gentle wisdom of nature.

The National Day of Racial Healing was established in 2017 as an annual convening of activists, artists, healers, changemakers, and community members that come together for dialogue and action towards much needed and long overdue racial healing in this nation.

 

Part 1: Keepers of Ancestral Medicine

We start the 2021 National Day of Racial Healing by remembering the experiences and answers already present in our traditions and lineages. Three Black and Afro-Indigenous healers will highlight what it means to remember, reclaim, actively integrate, and sustain ancestral medicine as crucial components to racial healing. Each facilitator will share their rituals of practicing plant medicine and answer questions from participants.

 

Speakers

Jordi

Jordi is a non-conforming, afrofuturistic, multidimensional artist weaving healing energy for the self and the community. Her practice is deeply rooted in a celestial connection to the other-wordly. Through performance encompassing vocal, theatre, storytelling, and dance, Jordi processes human and non-human emotions, growth, trauma, and the emergence of authentic selfhoods. Her healing practices are deeply involved with local activism of Los Angeles’s QTBIPOC (queer, trans, Black, Indiginous and persons of colour) communities. Her work has been presented in Canada, New York film festivals, and the Getty Museum on Tongva Land. She is currently creating a new audio work entitled "Glossolalia."

Ayo Ngozi Drayton

Ayo Ngozi Drayton is a believer in ancestral tradition, a documentarian of Black herbal and cultural practices, and a community worker. Trained as a clinical herbalist, she is a beloved instructor at several community herbal schools and conferences. Ayo also owns The Creative Root,  LLC (a small herbal business), and coordinates Planting Reparations, a reparations-based mutual aid initiative that redistributes plants and healing resources to Black people. In addition to education received through mentorship, Ayo holds a BA in Journalism from Hampton University, an MPS in African and African American Studies from Cornell University, and an MS in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Ayo is based on Mashpee Wampanoag territory (New Bedford, Massachusetts).

Sade Musa 

Sade Musa is the founder of ROOTS OF RESISTANCE, an educational project that seeks to help folks reclaim healing ways interrupted by colonization, to disrupt narratives which invisibilize Afro-diasporic contributions to medicine, and bring attention to health disparities and other forms of health injustice. ROR operates under the belief that bodily autonomy and culturally relevant medical care are essential, and that learning to heal ourselves is a liberatory praxis of self-determination and resistance. ROR is dedicated to helping historically looted communities advocate for their wellbeing, access quality healthcare, and to find alternatives if western healing models fail them. Through ROR she offers donation-based and sliding scale community herbal classes and consultation, leads plant walks, operates an apothecary, and donates medicine to various grassroots wellness programs."

Part 2: Emergent Strategy Ideation Workshop

Tuesday, January 19 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Learn More >>>


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Anyone

Registration
Register online 
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact Monica Banks at [email protected].

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require an accommodation to participate in this activity, please contact Monica Banks at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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COVID-19 Funders’ Briefing: 2021 Outlook

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm

As COVID-19 case rates continue to climb nationwide, new federal leadership and promising vaccine trials present some hope for the coming year. As we continue to grapple with the public health repercussions, California also faces serious economic consequences. Communities of color are facing disproportionate impacts across the board, and many sectors including nonprofits and local governments are in perilous financial situations. Join us to hear more about what we should expect in 2021, how the issues philanthropy cares about will be affected, and what we can do to respond.

 

Speaker

Chris Hoene

Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center

Chris Hoene became the Budget Center’s executive director in October 2012, bringing to the organization 15 years of leadership in state and local policy research and analysis. He leads the strategic direction of the organization, acts as primary spokesperson, and works with the board of directors and community partners to implement our vision and mission. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Chris was director of the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, housing, poverty reduction, infrastructure, and governance.  Chris also previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC, and the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science of the College of Idaho. In 2011, in recognition of his service to the state and local community, Chris was elected as a Fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

Dr. Christina Ghaly, M.D.

Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Dr. Ghaly was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as the Director of the Department of Health Services (DHS) on September 25, 2018 after having served in the role as Acting Director since October 2017. In this capacity, Dr. Ghaly has had responsibility for overseeing the operations of the County’s four public hospitals and 23 outpatient clinics. She leads strategic, operational, and clinical/financial initiatives critical to DHS’ financial health and continued transformation in an era of health reform.

Dr. Ghaly previously served as Chief Operations Officer for DHS from 2016 until her permanent appointment as Director.  Her previous roles within DHS also include serving as the Deputy Director for Strategy and Operations and as the Interim Chief Executive Officer at Olive View – UCLA Medical Center and LAC+USC Medical Center.

In 2015, Dr. Ghaly served in a temporary role as the Director of Health Care Integration for the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office. This position was created to lead an assessment regarding the potential creation of a health care agency, integrating the Departments of Health Services, Mental Health (DMH) and Public Health (DPH). The Los Angeles County Health Agency was formally created in November 2015.

Dr. Ghaly attended Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ghaly currently sees patients in the urgent care and on the inpatient medicine service at LAC+USC Medical Center and  Olive View – UCLA Medical Center, respectively.

Deepa Iyer

Director of Movement Building, Building Movement Project; Director, Solidarity Is

Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer, facilitator, and activist. She is the Director of Movement Building at Building Movement Project and director of Solidarity Is, a project that provides trainings, narratives, and resources on building deep and lasting multiracial solidarity and sustainability of social change ecosystems.

Iyer served as executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade, and has held positions at Race Forward, the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, and the Asian American Justice Center.

Iyer’s first book We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press 2015), received a 2016 American Book Award. She hosts a podcast called Solidarity Is This to explore solidarity practices around the country. Iyer has received fellowships from Open Society Foundations and the Social Change Initiative, and in 2019, she received an honorary doctoral degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Iyer serves on the Advisory Council of the Emergent Fund.

An immigrant who moved to Kentucky from India when she was twelve, Iyer graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and Vanderbilt University.

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Connecting California: Solving the Digital Divide, Part Three

Thursday, November 19, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am

In August, the Michelson 20MM Foundation launched its Connecting California learning series convening the public, private and philanthropic sectors to strengthen our collective understanding of the history and root causes of the “digital divides” –– the economic and educational gaps created by inequitable access to high-speed internet, computing devices, and digital literacy resources. Connecting California features business leaders, digital equity practitioners, philanthropic investors and policymakers—all speaking to different facets of the complex landscape for building digital equity solutions at national, state and local levels. 

Join Michelson 20MM on November 19th for the next Connecting California event. “Philanthropy Post-COVID: Where Do We Go From Here?” will spotlight philanthropic leaders and the digital equity investments they’ve made pre- and post-pandemic. Hear from grantmakers, public-private liaisons, and venture investors as they share best practices, lessons learned, and how to build back better beyond COVID-19. 

 

Speakers

Adrianne B. Furniss
Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Adrianne B. Furniss is Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee of the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, a private operating foundation with offices in Evanston, Illinois. Since 1981, the Benton Institute has been committed to access, equity, and diversity to fulfill its mission: that everyone in the United States should have equal access to open, affordable, High-Performance Broadband as a means to deliver individual opportunity, strengthen communities, and ensure a thriving democracy.

Currently, Adrianne serves on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and as Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors for PCs for People.

David Rattray
President & CEO, UNITE-LA

David Rattray is the President & CEO of UNITE-LA. Since 1998, he has led UNITE-LA in ensuring the continuous improvement of effective and aligned cradle-to-career public education and workforce development systems in Los Angeles, resulting in all children and youth having access to a high-quality education.

Previously Rattray spent more than 20 years in the foodservice distribution industry. Rattray serves on the L.A. City Workforce Development Board and Youth Council and was vice chair of the State Workforce Investment Board’s Lifelong Learning Committee. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Linked Learning Alliance. Rattray earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Priyanka Sharma
Co-Director, Digital US World Education, Inc. 

Priyanka Sharma leads innovative projects for World Education, Inc. on college and career readiness, technology integration, digital transformation, and digital skills development. Priyanka co-leads Digital US, a national initiative with a cross-sector approach to design a learn and work ecosystem that fosters digital resilience for all learner workers in the U.S., and also directs the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), leading projects that emerge from collaboration among the policy-makers, professional developers, and practitioners in the five member states. She is based in Boston, MA. 

Leon Wilson
Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Foundation

Leon Wilson has over 25 years in Information Technology, currently as the Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer at the Cleveland Foundation. In this dual role, Leon is part of the executive committee leading the foundation’s Information & Technology Services department, focusing on strategic and transformational use of technology and data within the foundation and the philanthropic sector. Additionally, as Chief of Digital Innovation, Leon oversees the foundation’s Digital Excellence grant-making strategy geared toward “building a stronger, more equitable and inclusive digital community” tackling Cleveland’s digital divide; along with elevating Greater Cleveland’s position as a intelligent / smart city and regional technology innovation hub.

 

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Presented by Co-hosts

The Michelson 20MM Foundation


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online
NCG & SDG members: Register online
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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The Noticing Mind: Reaching Beyond Gratitude

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am

This 90-minute workshop is for leaders who want to lead with authenticity and know that practice makes progress. The Noticing Mind is a fresh way to reimagine your leadership development. The Noticing Mind begins with the practice of gratitude.

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Next Steps and Implementation: An Update on the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness 2018 Report

Friday, October 30, 2020
10:00am - 11:15am

Join the Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH) – Los Angeles network and Southern California Grantmakers for an informative presentation led by Jacqueline Waggoner, VP and Southern California Market Leader – Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.; Dr. Va Lecia Adams- Kellum, Executive Director – St. Joseph’s Center; Reba Stevens – (TITLE).

Nearly two years ago, the groundbreaking Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness Report was released with more than 65 recommendations for the County. Waggoner, Adams-Kellum, and Stevens will share what work has taken place, the latest in next steps towards implementation, and how philanthropy may get involved to continue to advance equity and eliminate racial disparities impacting Black people experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles County.

About Funders Together to End Homelessness: FTEH is a diverse network of over 230 philanthropic organizations dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness. Because homelessness has no single cause or solution, members are engaged in many grantmaking activities, ranging from homelessness to related areas like housing, health care, education, workforce development, child welfare, domestic violence, and food security. The Los Angeles Chapter has planned an event.

 

Speakers

Jacqueline Waggoner

Enterprise Community Partners, President of Solutions

Jacqueline Waggoner is President of Solutions, for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. She leads a team of over 300 talented Enterprisers across the country, driving Enterprise’s programmatic, policy and advisory work in alignment with our strategic priorities: Increase Housing Supply, Advance Racial Equity, and Build Upward Mobility and Resilience.

Prior to her promotion to president in October 2020, Jacqueline was vice president and Southern California market leader. She led Enterprise’s affordable housing, community development, investment and strategic programs serving the state’s Central Coast to San Diego, with particular focus to the Los Angeles region.

Jacqueline started with Enterprise in 2005. During her tenure, she has deployed capital, intellectual resources and capacity building tools to achieve Enterprise’s strategic and production goals, leading to more than $1.3 billion in Enterprise investments locally. With her experience in commercial real estate lending spanning more than 24 years, she has worked with the city of Los Angeles, banks and nonprofit developer partners to create local funds for affordable housing, advocate for low-income families and advance Enterprise’s vision of providing affordable homes in vibrant communities.

She serves vice chair on the 10-member Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission, the agency’s governing board, and was appointed by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. She serves as chair of LAHSA's Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness, which produced a ground-breaking report with 67 recommendations to advance equity and eliminate disparities. Jacqueline is a board member for the Los Angeles Business Council, the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Restore Neighborhoods LA, Inc., and the board of governors for the California Housing Consortium. Jacqueline additionally serves on the steering committees for LA Thrives, a collaborative advancing equitable transit-oriented development, LA Funders' Collaborative, a network promoting healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, and the Committee for a Greater LA, a diverse group of civic and community leaders focused on a just pandemic recovery plan.

Prior to joining Enterprise, Jacqueline was vice president of Wells Fargo’s Community Banking Real Estate Group. A Los Angeles native, she has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.

Reba Stevens

Advocate and Person with Lived Experience

A Los Angeles native, Jacqueline has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.

Reba Stevens is dedicated to using her real-life experience to advocate for community members who are experiencing homelessness, criminal justice involved, impacted by substance abuse as well as for residents who need or utilize mental health services in Los Angeles County.

She is powerfully committed to ensuring systems are responsive and accessible to those who need them the most.

Prior to being diagnosed with mental illness and beginning her personal road to recovery, Ms. Stevens lived on and off the streets of Los Angeles for 21 years. She recalls the many fears and trauma associated with being homeless; overwhelming, depression, stress, anxiety, feelings of shame, remorse and incomprehensible demoralization. Her understanding of the homeless, health/mental health systems in L.A. County, together with her experience and deep knowledge and empathy for those who are experiencing homelessness, deeply inform her unwavering conviction that solutions must be based on an individual’s needs and experiences. Ms. Stevens pursues these solutions relentlessly.

Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum

President & CEO, St. Joseph Center

Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum joined St. Joseph Center in 2008. During her tenure, St. Joseph Center has tripled its staff, expanded its range of services, and broadened its geographic reach to encompass all of LA County, with major service centers on the Westside, in South Los Angeles, and in Downtown LA.

Under Dr. Adams Kellum’s leadership, St. Joseph Center consistently applies best practices to serve new populations and new areas through significant collaboration with governmental, nonprofit, and private sector partners. The Center is a trailblazer in deploying integrated, multidisciplinary teams to help the most vulnerable homeless individuals obtain and maintain stable housing. Since the inception of LA County’s Coordinated Entry System, St. Joseph Center has served as the lead agency for both Individuals and Families on LA’s Westside.

Dr. Adams Kellum serves on the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s No Place Like Home Program Advisory Committee, a role she was appointed to by Governor Jerry Brown and is continuing in under Governor Gavin Newsom. She served as an appointed member on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness, and is the former Chair of the Westside Coalition and represented the Westside on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Coordinating Council for many years. She currently serves on the board of directors for Tarzana Treatment Center, located in the San Fernando Valley, Abode Communities, based in Downtown LA, and Housing California, based in Sacramento.

 

Moderator

Kameron Green

Director, Professional Learning and Communities

As Director, Professional Learning and Communities, Kameron plays a significant leadership role in developing and implementing SCG’s Professional Learning strategy and programs for members. This includes managing the day-to-day operations of SCG’s Professional Development portfolio, Family Philanthropy offerings, and relationships with peer and affinity groups. Kameron is also responsible for ensuring high quality professional learning experiences are made available to enable SCG members to continually increase their knowledge, skills, competencies, career development and networks.

Kameron is a member of The Prytanean Women's Honor Society, the Alliance for Women in Media, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP), a leading non-profit organization committed to advancing systemic change to benefit low-income communities through collaborations. Kameron graduated from The University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media Communications.

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Re-imagine LA: Dismantling Systemic Racism by Investing in Health, Housing, and Jobs

Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

In unprecedented times, we need historic measures. Measure J to Re-Imagine LA would set a national precedent, permanently investing billions of dollars directly toward the health, housing, and economic justice that our communities, particularly our communities of color, have been calling out for.  

Building off the incredible work of Black Lives Matter and Alternatives to Incarceration movements locally, cross-sector leaders in Los Angeles have come together to quickly place a charter amendment on the November 3 ballot to reallocate funding for community change and homelessness prevention. With just a simple majority vote, Measure J would permanently dedicate a minimum of 10% of unrestricted locally generated tax revenues in LA County to community services and alternatives to incarceration, creating a generational investment and beginning to realign the County’s budget to the values and priorities of its residents. Now a coalition of 100+ community organizations, justice leaders, and advocates across issue areas are coming together to pass Measure J. 

Join leaders from Re-Imagine LA and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to learn more about the Measure J campaign, how funders in any community can engage and invest in this precedent-setting measure in LA, and you can act locally to replicate the transformational impact of Measure J in your own community, if you are outside LA County.

Participation in this program is limited to private funders.

 

Speakers

•    Chris Ko, Managing Director of Homelessness & Strategic Initiatives (United Way of Greater Los Angeles) 
•    Eunisses Hernandez, Chair (Re-Imagine LA) & Co-Executive Director (La Defensa) 
•    Tommy Newman, Treasurer (Re-Imagine LA) & Senior Director of Impact Initiatives (United Way of Greater Los Angeles) 
 

PLEASE NOTE: This program is co-hosted with Funders Together to End Homelessness. Participation in this program is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Private funders who are members of SCG

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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