First Steps: Integrating Transformative Community Engagement at Martha’s Table is a Martha’s Table-facing guide to understanding and practicing “transformative community engagement” (TCE)—a community outreach and engagement model that lessens power differentials between organizations and community members. The guide summarizes relevant TCE literature, discusses how TCE has been performed by other Washington, D.C.-based nonprofits, and provides recommendations for how Martha’s Table can include TCE strategies into its organizational structure, programming, and services.
First Steps: Integrating Transformative Community Engagement at Martha’s Table
Publication tags: Field Reports - Food Access - Service Providers
Originally from Hampton, Virginia, Amirio graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Public Policy and a minor in Africana Studies. As an undergraduate, Amirio completed an Honors Thesis on the role of the environment in Afro-Diasporic healing modalities while focusing on diversity and sustainability endeavors. Amirio also collaborated with William & Mary’s Committee on Sustainability to create programming and projects dedicated to diversifying sustainability efforts and served as a research assistant for an academic paper regarding Americans’ changing perceptions of poverty, the poor, and public assistance. As the Student Assistant for the College’s Africana Studies Program, he coordinated events that have encouraged critical dialogue around Black scholarship. As a Grassroots Coordination and Social Media Intern for the Elizabeth River Project, Amirio educated the Virginia Tidewater community about available measures that can be adopted to improve the quality of Virginia’s waterways. In addition, Amirio has had the honor of being a part of several volunteer trips, including a Branch Out Alternative Break trip to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he worked on issues related to food deserts.Read more about Amirio Freeman