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NWHF currently accepting applications
for the Disability Leaders Learning Collaborative
The Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) is seeking ten leaders with disabilities from Oregon and Southwest Washington to participate in a Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative. The Collaborative will meet four times over the span of a year to further their understanding of disability justice; build relationships with funders; and discuss leadership and civic engagement, among other topics.
This Collaborative is being convened because Oregon and Southwest Washington’s decision-makers don’t fully represent the disability communities. Although 22 percent of Oregonians are people of color, only eight percent of our elected officials are people of color. One out of ten Oregonians are immigrants, yet very few of decision-makers are immigrants. And even though one-fifth of Americans have a disability, it is largely unknown if any elected officials in Oregon or Southwest Washington identify as having a disability.
The Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative will discuss how to make sure the voices and experiences of people with disabilities are represented by decision-makers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. They’ll consider disability justice as a means to achieving this goal.
Applications for the Disability Leaders Learning Collaborative are being accepted now through August 31, 2017. Applicants of all ages, from youth to elders, are welcome to apply. NWHF intends to select leaders with disabilities who come from across the region and reflect our equity priorities of race/ethnicity, including immigrant and refugee status, and geography. A facilitator is also being sought for the Disability Leaders Learning Collaborative. Further information about the collaborative, including the online application and request for proposals is available on the NWHF website.
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