Events Calendar

Filter the events calendar with the categories and tags tabs below! We understand the importance of supporting community residents and leaders in gaining the skills to be well-informed and successful advocates for systemic change. To encourage diverse representation at workshops and trainings, we offer scholarships and daily stipends to our resident members. To learn more, please go to Scholarships & Grants


2018 Lobby Day
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Discuss local issues with your state legislators  
Network with colleagues from across the state
Hear from Senate President Harriette Chandler and leaders in the Community Development movement
Spanish interpretation will be available upon request. For more information please contact
Pam Bender at pamelab @ macdc. org or 617.379.5925
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Speaking Program with Senate President Harriette Chandler
12:00-1:00 PM
The State House, Boston
The Great Hall
Leveraging Social Media in Your Work – Online
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This online training will explore the different types of social media platforms that exist and what their main purpose is. Participants will be encouraged to explore what social media platform fits their needs and capacity best. Social media basics will be shared, as well as, how to best use social media to increase engagement and brand awareness.

Beautification & Public Spaces Meeting
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Our Beautification & Public Spaces Committee works to foster a clean, vibrant, inviting business district by implementing clean streets initiatives, improving and ensuring maintenance of open/green space, increasing and promoting public art, and partnering with business owners to create welcoming storefronts. We are seeking landscape designers, artists, gardeners, and sustainability advocates to: – Develop public art and streetscape projects throughout the district – Organize Greater Ashmont MS cleanups, coordinate participation in planting efforts and Boston Shines – Work with the City of Boston and the MBTA to maintain the public spaces in Peabody Square – Enhance sustainability efforts (recycling, green infrastructure, etc.) Please join us for our committee meetings, the fourth Tuesday of each month at our Greater Ashmont Main Street office

Connecting, Communicating, and Caring Across Cultures
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Community Action and other human services staff work with customers, clients, and coworkers from a range of backgrounds and cultures, facing a spectrum of challenges. In our line of work, communication and compassion are key. When cultural differences are at play, how can we be sure we’re communicating effectively and respectfully? How do our assumptions about culture impact the way we interact with others? How do different aspects of communication, including non-verbal, eye contact, and interaction with personal space, impact the way we connect with our customers and clients? Have you thought about your own personal culture and how it impacts your interactions?

In this interactive training from Culture Coach International, you’ll work through these questions and more, and take a closer look at specific case studies relevant to your work and common cultures in your area.


Presenter: Kari Heisted, Founder and CEO, Culture Coach International


Moving Beyond Inclusion: Equity Matters
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

How do organizations make the shift from fostering a culture of inclusion to developing policies, practices and processes that embed racial justice and equity in their values and their operations? It involves a commitment and investment in having, oftentimes, hard conversations about bias, privilege, and equity and developing the skills to facilitate dialogue about the opportunities for change. This workshop invites leaders to develop practices that transform organizations into partners with the communities in which they work and serve and aligned their internal practices around racial justice and equity with their outwardly stated mission and goals.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the role of equity and racial justice as core values of inclusion
  • Learn to reflect on past history and recognize how our history impacts our present
  • Develop skills to put into practice the internal strategies that build equity
  • How microaggressions have macro-impact
  • Learn how to create space to have courageous conversations about race and implicit bias even when they get hard and how to encourage people to continue to be at the table


  • What commitment and leadership looks like throughout this long process
  • Developing awareness about white dominant cultural norms and bias against people of color
  • Understanding micro-aggressions
  • Differentiating between diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Understanding power and privilege
  • Defining institutional racism and its manifestations within an organization
  • What creates a safe space for courageous and difficult conversations about race
  • Allowing for the co-creation of ideas
A Inter-generational Social Justice Organizer Conversation
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You are invited to An Inter-generational conversation to support social justice organizers of all ages

Potluck dinner and conversation

Wheelchair accessible  All welcome

  • How do we support the livelihoods and work of those 60 years old plus who have been working for decades for justice?
  • How do we support the leadership, skills and build networks for a younger generation of leaders and organizers for justice?
  • What can we learn from each other?
  • How do we build power for justice for the long haul?
Can We Talk? Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Can We Talk? Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing @ Roxbury Presbyterian Church  | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

This is a monthly series focused on learning about all the aspects of trauma and how we can connect with and claim healing wisdom. Current mental health understanding for trauma recovery will be presented along with how the healing process is essentially a spiritual one. Dinner will be provided and the evening will continue with a presentation and time for discussion and sharing. Child care is provided.

Practicing Racial Justice: Lessons from the Field
Apr 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm


What strategies are you using to promote racial justice in your community, your professional field, and organization?  How well are they working?  What might we do to address the challenges?

The “Practicing Racial Justice” symposium on Friday, April 27th, 2018 is an opportunity to share your experiences with fellow pursuers of racial justice and discuss ways we can further develop our tool-kit of strategies and practices.

Preserving Affordability, Affording Preservation
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Historic multi-family buildings, such as New England’s iconic three-deckers, once provided affordable options for renters as well as a path to homeownership. As communities confront rising housing costs and growing demand for equitable access to housing, can these historically affordable buildings be adapted to meet current needs, or will they be replaced with newer forms of housing? Can we preserve affordability in our housing stock while also preserving historic building types, neighborhood character, and urban density?

Historic New England convenes leading advocates in affordable housing and historic preservation to examine the past, present, and future of our region’s historic multi-family housing. Poster session for students in preservation, architecture, planning and related fields.

This event includes speakers from The University of Texas at Austin, Northeastern UniversityThe Boston FoundationMassHousingBoston City CouncilBoston Preservation AllianceBoston UniversityHistoric Boston Inc. – HBI, and more!

$50 Historic New England members
$85 nonmembers
$35 students with ID

Continental breakfast, lunch, and reception included. Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6644 for more information or 617-994-6678 to register. Students must call to register.

English for Advancement Program
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
English for Advancement Program @ Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Attend the free program to help people improve their English and get a job presented by JVS. This is an opportunity for people who want to improve their English language skills, can attend weekly classes, and have a social security number.

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