New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Building Bridges, Building Power: A Decade of Institution-Based Community Organizing – Sept. 19

September 11, 2012

Only a few social movements have ever surpassed the threshold of engaging more than 1% of the U.S. population. Those movements have historically played central roles in advancing societal reform. New research documents the impressive growth in the scope, scale, and ambition of the progressive social movement and organizational field often termed “faith-based community organizing” – so that it now arguably attains that threshold.

On Wednesday, September 19th at NYU Wagner, Brad Fulton (Duke University) and Richard Wood (University of New Mexico), in collaboration with Interfaith Funders, will present the findings from a new national census of all institution-based community organizing efforts in the United States. The study reveals the geographic spread of organizing, its growing influence in state and national political arenas, and the complex changes occurring in the religious and racial/ethnic diversity of its institutional base, leadership core, and professional staff. Panelists will explore what this research says about the role of religion in public life and how this organizing fits into current social movements.

The findings will be aired and discussed beginning at 6 p.m. at the Wagner school’s home in the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor (at the corner of Houston Street), New York, N.Y.

The presenters will include: Brad Fulton, doctoral candidate, Duke University; and Dr. Richard L. Wood, Director of the Southwest Institute on Religion and Society, The University of New Mexico.

The panelists will consist of: Patricia Jerido, Program Officer, Democracy Fund, Open Society Foundation; Ai-Jen Poo, Labor Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance, named one of "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time Magazine; Richard Healey, Director, Grassroots Policy Project; Dorian Warren, Associate Professor, Politics and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

RSVP is required at http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/community-09-19-2012. For further information, please call 212 998 7400.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Around the Square, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Robert Polner | (212) 998-2337

Building Bridges, Building Power:  A Decade of Institution-Based Community Organizing – Sept. 19

Search News



NYU In the News

Paying It Backward: NYU Alum Funds Scholarships

The Wall Street Journal profiled Trustee Evan Chesler on why he decided to chair the Momentum fund-raising campaign.

A Nobel Prize Party: Cheese, Bubbles, and a Boson

The New Yorker talked to Professor Kyle Cranmer and graduate student Sven Kreiss about NYU’s role in the discovery of the Higgs boson, which resulted in a Nobel prize for the scientists who predicted its existence.

The World as They Knew It

The New York Times reviewed the exhibit at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World on how ancient Greeks and Romans mapped the known and unknown areas of their world.

Elite Institutions: Far More Diverse Than They Were 20 Years Ago

NYU made stronger gains over the last 20 years in increasing diversity than any other major research university, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Program Seeks to Nurture ‘Data Science Culture’
at Universities

The New York Times reported on the multi-million collaboration among NYU and two other universities to harness the potential of Big Data, including an interview with Professor Yann LeCun, director of NYU’s Center for Data Science.

NYU Footer