By Vu Le, Executive Director, Rainier Valley Corps With everything that has been going on in our country lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a good leader who can foster greater social equity. We tend to focus on positive traits that good leaders should have — traits such as […]
A few months ago, RVC had a karaoke throwdown with Social Justice Fund Northwest, initiated by our Capacity Building Coach Uma Rao. About 20 of us—staff and board members from each organization—packed into a small dark room, and we cranked out various songs. I suck at Karaoke, but I […]
Does Starfleet provide a model the nonprofit sector should Boldly Go toward? Vu Le is a believer in strategic federated support of our individual starships.
After every training, we ask the fellows—all people of color—in our leadership program for feedback. Halfway through the program, a criticism that rose to the surface was that the constant discussion of systemic injustice, racism, and oppression was getting exhausting. No one was saying that we should stop having conversations about these serious issues, […]
A few years ago I visited a Vietnamese community leader to get a letter of support for a grant proposal I was writing. It was for a project designed to mobilize youth and elders to work together to create a ten-year vision for the community. I got yelled at. “You are only doing this work […]