While events often feature folks from different generations, we don’t often hear conversations about the the challenges, experiences, and gifts of intentional intergenerational work. This Saturday’s #SF41 workshop, “Bridging the Generations: Carrying On…,” will do just that. Our featured guests, Trishala Deb, Frances Kunreuther, Krystal Portalatin and moderator, Katherine Acey, will address the challenges that arise due to generation differences and discuss ways of moving forward. To dismantle myths and assumptions through dialogue is how we strengthen individuals, communities and movements intergenerationally. Speakers will also invite members of the audience to contribute to the discussion as a way of bridging the generations within the workshop.
Some work by our speakers:
- BCRW Senior Activist Fellow, Katherine Acey, spoke last November at her lecture, What’s Age Got to Do With It?, discussing what aging and activism looks like in its powerful contribution to social justice feminism. This January, Acey received the Sage Advocacy Award from the National LGBTQ Task Force at the annual Creating Change Conference in recognition of her decades of leadership and work on issues affecting LGBTQ elders of color.
- Trishala Deb and Frances Kunreuther, spoke during BCRW’s roundtable discussion The Coming (and Present) Funding Crisis in LGBT Work which can be viewed below!
- For her powerful work as a co-founder, member, and staff of FIERCE!, a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC, Krystal Portalatin, was featured in the Huffington Post’s Greatest Woman of the Day series.
Katherine Acey is a Senior Activist Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Prior to BCRW, Acey was the Executive Director of GRIOT Circle, a people of color LGBTQ elders organization based in Brooklyn, N.Y. From 1987 to 2010 Acey served as the Executive Director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and holds the title of Executive Director Emeritus. Prior to Astraea, Acey served as the Associate Director of the North Star Fund in New York City. She helped create and shape the Women’s Funding Network in the mid 1980s serving on its first board and as Board chair. She is a founding member and past board chair of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and has served as a board or advisory member to countless organizations including: Women in the Arts, the Center for Anti-Violence Education, New York Women Against Rape, MADRE, Women Make Movies and the International Network of Women’s Funds. Acey is past chair of the National Executive Committee of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, and was a core member of the Arab Women’s Gathering Organizing Committee. Acey serves on the Boards of Political Research Associates, Center for Constitutional Rights and the Advisory Board of Open Society’s International Human Rights Initiative.
Trishala Deb is the Regional Director, Asia at the International Development Exchange. Trishala has worked at the intersection of a variety of issues, including immigrant and refugee rights, gender justice, anti-violence and militarization, community organizing based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and supporting the capacity building efforts of emerging grassroots organizations. Previously, she worked at Caring Across Generations, bringing together home care workers, consumers, and families. She also coordinated a program for immigrants at the Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, Two Spirit, and trans people of color in New York City; and has worked with the Arcus Foundation and Public Interest Projects. Trishala was on the Advisory Board of the National Network of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and worked with Migrant Rights International as well as the Steering Committee of Grassroots Global Justice to connect issues of migration, sustainable development, and economic justice with organizations in the Global South as well as the United States.
Frances Kunreuther co-directs the Building Movement Project (www.buildingmovement.org), which works to strengthen U.S. nonprofits as sites of civic engagement and social change. She is co-author of two books, From the Ground Up: Grassroots Organizations Making Social Change (Cornell, 2006) and Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership (Jossey Bass, 2009). Frances was a senior fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University for five years and is currently affiliated with the Research Center for Leadership and Action at NYU where she also teaches. In the 1990s, Frances headed the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LBGT youth and was awarded an Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship for this and her previous work with homeless youth and families, undocumented immigrants, crime victims, battered women, and substance users. She writes and presents frequently on issues related to nonprofits, leadership, and social change.
Krystal Portalatin is a Queer Femme Latina, born and raised in New York City. As a youth she co-founded FIERCE and worked to fight against the impacts of gentrification and policing in the West Village. After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa she worked in the areas of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS prevention, and youth development in Hawaii and San Diego. Longing for her political home, she returned to NYC in 2008 to work at FIERCE, where she held various staff roles, concluding her 7 years of service as a Co-Director. Currently, as an independent consultant, she supports grassroots groups one-on-one in various areas, including program development, organizational development, financial management, and fundraising. Outside of her commitment to social justice and work life, Krystal enjoys reading, cooking, and perfecting her winged eyeliner!
For a run-down of the entire Scholar & Feminist 41: Sustainabilities, please visit the BCRW event page!