Due to the immediate staffing needs of PROMO, this Civic Cafe is postponed until further notice. There is currently legislature moving through the Missouri statehouse that directly impacts the LQBTQ+ community. New date TBD.
On Tuesday, February 21 from 5:30pm-7:00pm, the Gephardt Institute is thrilled to welcome Shira Berkowitz of PROMO for a conversation on her civic journey.
For this Civic Journey Spotlight, we are thrilled to welcome Shira Berkowitz to share their story. Shira serves as PROMO’s Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy leading the statewide strategy for the LGBTQ+ public policy, organizing, and advocacy. They bring a range of experience having worked on statewide policy and advocacy campaigns, as a social impact artist, and as a social entrepreneur. They hold a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University of St. Louis, and are dedicated to building spaces for people to grow in community while addressing civic and social challenges in our built environment.
They are a founding board member of MaTovu, a Jewish neighborhood center in the City, serve on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and are a founding member of MARSH – a queer bio-culture laboratory and mutual aid hub. They are also a founder of the first local summer camp for trans, gender expansive, and LGBTQ+ youth.
Civic Cafe is a weekly event series that occurs every Tuesday evening at Stix House, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Each night fits the theme of either a Skill Building session, Democracy Dinner, or Civic Storytelling event. Students of every level and discipline are invited to attend. Learn, eat, and meet other civically-minded individuals.
A Civic Café Civic Journey Spotlight aims to connect students with local civic leaders. Local civic leaders will share the story of how their life experiences shaped their path and led them to the type of civic work they do now as well as their perspective on civic engagement and social change. Civic Journey Spotlights offer students real-life examples of how to get involved in social change, a deeper understanding of the St. Louis region, and a chance to reflect on their own civic pathways, values, and commitments.
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