"Making real change requires real community engagement, and it needs to be built by connecting with the people first." 

— Austin resident & organizer

Join the discussion.

Join us to ensure that lasting change is driven by and for the community at our series of free, public events. The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation will be sharing our community needs assessment, a report two years in the making that reveals the most pressing needs in our area, what the data tells us, and how the power of our community will guide our future to a racially just society.

Community Voices will be facilitated by the Foundation staff and The Nova Collective, a local Black-owned, woman-owned consulting firm specializing in transforming organizational cultures around diversity, equity and inclusion issues. At these sessions, we will discuss the needs assessment process and the priority issues that were identified by valued community members. Nova will share highlights from focus group conversations with 100 neighbors, partners and stakeholders. Foundation staff will present compelling data that underscores how racial inequality is the root cause of challenges in the west Cook County region.

In addition, we will engage in a panel discussion with focus group participants to gain perspective and discuss next steps. The audience will also get involved through a Q&A and other activities to build understanding and solidarity.

Please join us to ensure that lasting change is driven by and for the community at one of the following dates and locations:


September 24
10 am-12 noon

Oak Park Public Library – Main Branch


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