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There is still time to buy tickets for “In it for the Long Haul: Trauma-Informed Strategies for Sustaining Liberatory Work,” happening on April 10 and 11! Join us and our featured speakers as we discuss strategies for ongoing engagement in anti-oppression work.

From the VP of Administration - Nikki Glass

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If you are receiving this newsletter, you are aware of the vitally important work that VISIONS is doing and may not be aware that we have been at this for 40 years! Learning from one another and recognizing that our differences are a benefit to us all is the same mission today as it was in 1984 when VISIONS began, despite those who have historically and are currently trying to stop the effort.

Over the last four (4) decades, we have experienced challenges to moving forward in creating a world that includes us all. This year is no different. In fact, this year, our work is being put to the test more than ever as there are those who want to take us back to a time when certain groups are the only ones who benefit. If you are reading this, you know going back in time when we are not seen as equal, when our fellow neighbors are considered less than and not worthy of having equal rights, was a dark time in our country, and in our world. VISIONS is again being challenged to keep this work moving forward, despite the opposition, and our job is just as important today as it was over 40 years ago. 

Make your voice heard. Resist against regression. Support VISIONS today. Please help keep the work going. Commit to partner with those who know we cannot go backwards. We have come too far. Stand with VISIONS today! 

Your support makes our innovative programming and workshops available to all, supports youth in learning the VISIONS’ model, provides spaces where folks can share their stories of how multiculturalism benefits us here at home and abroad, and shares the tools so that we as individuals can do the inner and outer work, leading us to be our better selves. You are making a way for this vital work to move forward.

From the VP of Consultants - Dr. Valerie Batts

Please join VISIONS for one of our upcoming PACE (Personal Approach to Change and Equity) workshops.  This is the most thorough way to experience the key aspects of our model.  Participants come out of this 4-day experience with new learnings at the personal, interpersonal, systemic and cultural levels.  If you have not attended a PACE session in many years, do join one this season, as the multicultural process of change is on-going. Alternately, do look out for the next PACE II session and for the next round of our on-going supervision groups.  Stay tuned for more information on these upcoming experiences.

The upcoming PACE I session dates are:  

To learn more click the button below!

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More From Programs Director - Dr. Leena Akhtar

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Join us for our Spring 2024 Summit,

“In it for the Long Haul: Trauma-Informed Strategies for Sustaining Liberatory Work,” happening on April 10 and 11! Join us and our featured speakers as we discuss strategies for ongoing engagement in anti-oppression work.

Day 1 

Featured Speaker Dr. Gabor Maté on "Compassion Fatigue: Caring for Ourselves while Caring for the World"

Workshop with Ellen Morrison, LCSW & Dr. Leena Akhtar - "Orienting Our Nervous Systems Toward Justice: Practices for Trauma-Informed Self Care"

Guest musician and spoken word poet, Tim Hall, will give a performance to close Day 1! 

 

Day 2 

Featured speakers Emily Schatzow, M.Ed. & Dr. Judith Herman - “Organizational and Group Strategies for Preventing Burnout” (talk followed by Q&A)

Workshop with Dr. Haley Sparks - "Rest and Replenishment: Caring Strategies for Maintaining Liberatory Work”

Special musical guest Holly Near will perform at the close of the summit! 

VISIONS is offering 6 CE credit hours for the 2024 Spring Summit through NASW and NBCC. 

 

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Guidelines for Effective Cross-Cultural Communication our public Guidelines workshop, is happening on February 28, March 27, April 24, and May 29th. Please let people know! If you refer clients, please let us know so we can look out for them. This is a great place to refer people who are looking for new or ongoing work. 1 hour of credit.

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Fundamentals of Inclusivity,

May dates posted!

May 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2024

Offering 10 hours of CE credit.

From the Office

  • The office will be closed on the dates below. If you need assistance while the office is closed, you can refer to the VISIONS Help Cheat Sheet.
    • Patriots' Day (MA) - April 15, 2024
    • Memorial Day - May 27, 2024
    • VISIONS Office Closed Summer Break - June 17-21, 2024 (Juneteenth - June 19, 2024)
    • Independence Day - July 4-5, 2024

Have any general feedback, questions, or ideas? Let us know! You can complete this survey and someone from VISIONS will reach out to you.

Upcoming Events

VISIONS 2024 Virtual Spring Summit - Wednesday and Thursday, April 10-11, 2024. 

Click the link below to register before it's too late!

VISIONS’ 40th Anniversary Celebration - Friday, September 27, 2024

Visit our landing page below for more updates!