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Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. ALEC ranks Idaho as their 7th most important targets of all 50 states. For decades, special interests have been using the Idaho legislature to further their far-right agenda. https://www.alecexposed.org

UVI Presentations, Training & Workshops: 
We provide presentations, trainings, and workshops and resources to organizations, schools and the community at large designed to meet the need of each audience. (Delivered to audiences statewide, nationally and internationally)



Exploring and Interrupting Systemic Discrimination: 

  • For Educators
  • For Students K-12, College and University
  • For Faith Communities
  • For Communities
  • For Businesses
  • Seeing the world as “Other” – Navigating Privilege


Recognizing Systemic Discrimination Through Policy

  • Language
  • Avoidance
  • Discrimination
  • Violence
  • Elimination
  • Seeing the world as “Other” –  Navigating Privilege
  • White Supremacy


The Fundamentals of Organizing

  • Understanding Systems Change & Building Real Power
  • Organizing; Strategy vs. Tactics
  • Power Analysis and Relationship Building
  • Developing a Strategy to Win Issue Campaigns
  • Transformative vs. Transactional Models
  • It's not enough to be "Right" - Engaging People Where They Are​
  • The Art of Deep Canvass and Building Local Infrastructure 


Movement Building

  • What is Needed for a New, Emergent Movement
  • Rural Organizing in the Era of Trump
    • ​Statewide, national and international efforts & developments
    • Shaping and Driving the Narrative
    • What is happening across Idaho & 12 other states
    • White supremacy and the rise of hate groups in Idaho - How we must organize differently


Taking Action to Win Systems Change

  • Tactics to Support Strategy. Are your efforts building Power?
  • Writing Letters to the Editor – Making a compelling argument to support your case
  • ​Choosing the Right Issue and Advancing Policy
  • Lobbying Strategy
  • Lobbying Practice
  • Community Outreach
  • Direct Action Training


Special rates may apply for nonprofit organizations, schools, and faith institutions


       0-90 Minutes - $100 

       1.5 - Hours - $250                                                                                                             

       3-5 Hours - $500

       Half and full days, and multiple days available 



      For scheduling, please contact uvidaho@gmail.com

Words matter: Please use them for good, not to hurt and bully ‘the other’

Students explore how we knowingly, or even unknowingly, develop prejudice

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"I attended a UVI training, facilitated by Adrienne Evans. It was the most impactful professional development experience I have had in 15 years! Adrienne tailored the training to be an exact match for the kind of work my colleague and I are preparing to do, making it spot-on valuable. Her knowledge and preparation were impressive and motivating. She has a power and unique combination of skills: great teaching ability AND extensive grassroots organizing experience. Not everyone who is a great community organizer is also a great teacher. I have found myself using strategies that Adrienne shared in a myriad of settings since the training. I recommend the experience highly for folks who are committed to social justice work in their communities."- Dr. Sara Fry


“Thank you again so much for spending the morning with us at Boise High and for all the work you are doing to make an actionable difference in our community. You are an inspiration to me to be more self-aware, work harder, and commit to more action.`` - Katie Rotchford, Boise High School Educator



“UVI delivered a day-long workshop in Idaho Falls recently and it was profoundly important. It gave us a HUGE surge of confidence and energy!  We really felt we had the tools to build a movement. We are more confident about approaching people: we know what to ask and how to ask it. We have a greater sense of our purpose and how we can get there: we need to build a movement, not a reaction. 

We know how to develop a process for building that movement:  steps to organizing and why a plan is important. We understand the need for strategies and tactics and the difference between the two: critical to planning. 

We have a better understanding of what it takes to make organizing successful: know your assets, know your allies and opponents, find what issues and interests will move them (know their interests!).  It's not enough to be right; be strategic! Build power; leverage power strategically. Recognize that building a movement is the key to change. These are just some of the many highlights of this training that were particularly important to our organizing efforts in a rural part of the state.“ 
- Judy Schmidt, Idaho Falls,ID

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RECOMMENDED READING. This list was compiled by UVI in conjunction with the Sociology Department of Boise State University

ABOUT SIX
The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) is a national resource and strategy center that supports state legislators in advancing and defending progressive policies across the country. With a long-term vision of building progressive power and infrastructure at the state level, we have built a network of more than 1,500 elected officials who represent all 50 states. https://stateinnovation.org

Critical Current Reading:

Forcefully Opposing Anti-Semitism Must Be a Core Principle of the Movement to Combat White Supremacy
Because it bears repeating: Anti-Semitism forms the theoretical core of white nationalism By Eric K. Ward


Link:

​https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/250608/forcefully-opposing-anti-semitism-must-be-a-core-principle-of-the-movement-to-combat-white-supremacy

These articles are a product of the student activist training offered by United Vision for Idaho