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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


Recognizing Systemic Discrimination Through Policy

  • Language
  • Avoidance
  • Discrimination
  • Violence
  • Elimination
  • Seeing the world as “Other” –  Navigating Privilege
  • Recognizing and Confronting the System of Racism
  • ​Seeing the world as “Other” – Navigating Privilege


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
  • Engaging People Where They Are​


Movement Building

  • ​The importance of multi-issue work
  • Shaping and Driving the Narrative
  • Transformative Change through Deep Canvassing
  • Confronting White supremacy and the rise of White Nationalism
  • Redistricting; what it really means for you and our democracy


Taking Action to Win Systems Change

  • ​Strategy! Strategy! Strategy! Are your efforts building Power?
  • Whose Voices? Our Voices. Creating support for your issues
  • ​Choosing the Right Issue and Advancing Policy
  • Lobbying Strategy & Practice
  • Building Coalition Partners
  • Building Local Infrastructure 
  • 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

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

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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

Training Testimonials:

"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