One of our goals within SURJ-NEO is to encourage, assist and make room for others who want to take leadership roles in the monthly meetings, working groups, or strategic planning of the organization.
SURJ-NEO’s organizational structure is in flux as we discern the best way to divvy up work in an all-volunteer organization, “flatten” our decision making structures, and communicate effectively–both internally and externally. Here is a draft sketch of how things work, a la June 2017. We’ll keep you posted as these structures evolve to better meet our needs and yours.
Leadership Team: (click to expand)
The expectations for the Leadership Team are, roughly…
- Commitment to SURJ values and the shared values on how we want to be with each other
- Commitment to racial justice, and to an ongoing process of self- and group study, learning, reflection, and self-awareness about racism and whiteness
- Participation in Leadership Team meetings
- Planning monthly meetings and Core retreats
- Working with accountability partners
- Being available for quick decision-making via phone, text or email
- Engagement with one-on-one sessions and other strategies for keeping new members involved
- Taking leadership, cultivating vision, building new skills
- Taking on coordination work on an ongoing basis and following through
We do not currently have a highly formalized way of bringing people onto or off of the Leadership Team. We are working to create a more formal, accessible, and transparent process as soon as possible.
Working Groups: (click to expand)