More than ever, we need spaces where diverse perspectives can unite, participate in productive dialogue, and collectively act to solve complex social issues. In neighborhoods where residents’ well-being is most threatened, grass roots level leadership is critical to make real progress in the quality of life.

This presentation was delivered during the 2018 Annual FCS conference to help participants (1) identify principles for equitable and inclusive civic engagement; (2) develop strategies to solve community problems with long-lasting partnerships with residents, and (3) realize the role of race and equity in shaping community programs. Educators who have a deep interest in community engagement and want to improve their current practices are highly encouraged to review this presentation. The speaker placed an additional emphasis on policy, system, and environmental change interventions (PSE’s) with and for SNAP-Ed audiences.

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