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SE Uplift's Leadership Academy 2020

SE Uplift Support

On September 24th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, we will host an interactive workshop that details: the history of SE Uplift, The Neighborhood System, Our services, Your expectations and SO MUCH More!


You will learn skills to improve the effectiveness of your neighborhood association. Learn how to be more effective as a board member. New and returning neighborhood association board members are invited to join us for a lively and interactive training on board service. Topics will include an overview of Portland’s community involvement system, SE Uplift’s information sharing and advocacy models, board roles, responsibilities, and regulations, and solutions to common neighborhood association challenges.


You can RSVP at this LINK: Please RSVP for Zoom Link!


Please make sure to RSVP so we can share the zoom link with you! If you have taken this training in the past, you do not have to attend again as most of the information has not changed.

When: Thursday, October 8th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

What you will learn: 

  1. Basic Communication styles: visual vs. verbal/written communication
  2. Tools & strategies for communication
  3. Design elements & messaging
  4. How to bring it all together & what to use: social platforms and other sharing applications.

Register here. 

Join here: Join us Via Zoom

When: Tuesday October 13th 2020 from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

What you will learn: 

  1. How to conduct strategic engagement so you are able to maximize your efforts and pull more folks and organizations into your community work. 
  2. Details about SE Uplift’s Communications Grant program. SE Uplift is able to disseminate about $20,000 annually in small grants to support communications for small groups and organizations in our coalition area. Our grants program has been evolving over the last few years in order to maximize its effectiveness and to better serve our entire community. We want to share this information and how to use these funds with our partners. 


    Meeting ID: 852 7402 7862

When: Thursday, October 15th from 5:00pm-6:30pm

What you will learn:

  1. How to create welcoming Neighborhood Association (NA) meetings. It may seem simple, and it can be! With a few tips and tricks you will learn here you can host a welcoming and inclusive meeting. 

  2. Understand and use your NA bylaws & Robert’s Rules of Order constructively.

  3. How to create & build consensus for community guidelines/ground rules for all of your meetings. Also, some tips for dealing with difficult people during your meetings. 

  4. And more!

Join here: Join us Via Zoom

When: Thursday, October 29th from 6:00pm-7:30pm. *With the last 20-30 minutes dedicated to Q&A and work time.


Introductions & Ice Breaker (10 mins)

Define Diversity (10 mins)

Tips for Diversifying your Board (15 mins): We will focus on *Outreach strategies *Organizational change strategies and more. 

Preparing for and Retaining Diversity at the Table (25 mins) We will focus on *Personal actions *Organizational change tips and have some *Real talk about how to be inclusive and keep diversity at the table.

Questions and Work time for Strategy Development (Optional 20-30 mins)

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 816 2323 9382
Passcode: 776859


When: Wednesday November 4th, 5:30pm-6:30pm. *With option to stay on and do some work planning from 6:30-7pm.

Trainer: Leah Fisher, Neighborhood Planning Program Manager at SE Uplift with tips from neighborhood advocates. 

What you will learn:

  • This training is designed to help community members create a plan to address a livability, land use, transportation, or justice related issue/concern they have, but are not sure what the next steps to take. Or, for community advocates who have hit a road block, and need to re-think their efforts.
  • Typically solutions relay on some kind of education/awareness campaign, policy change, funding allocation, or infrastructure improvement. We will figure that out here!
  • How to: collect data, find like-minded partners to help, understand who their allies are and identify the decision-makers for their issue.
  • You can (if you choose to) leave this training with a roadmap of next steps to take to help you address you issue(s).

Join here: Join us Via Zoom

Meeting Canceled: Due to family emergency this meeting will need to be rescheduled.

When: Wednesday, Nov 11th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Trainer: Cliff Jones, Capacity Building Partnerships

Training Overview:

Unconscious bias is something we all have. It is learned and developed from birth, influences our leadership and interactions, and is imbedded in the systems in which we operate. Uncovering and understanding bias is life-long work. During our session together we’ll explore what unconscious bias is; how it operates; its impact; and skills, mindsets, and tools that support the work long-term of mitigating bias to advance equity in our everyday interactions and systems. We look forward to our time with you.

Here is the zoom link for the training:

Your welcome to invite members from your organization or neighborhood association.

You can find more information about your neighborhood via our funder, the Office of Community & Civic Life at