Refugee, Immigrant, People of Color Power-Building, Leadership & Education (RIPPLE) Program

Unite Oregon Action is excited to announce RIPPLE (Refugee, Immigrant, People of Color Power-Building, Leadership & Education), a new leadership series in February 2022 designed to build power for emerging IR-BIPOC leaders through political education, advocacy, and organizing skills delivered in a culturally responsive BIPOC-created curriculum. While people of color make up close to 25% of Oregon’s population, only 10% of Oregon’s State Senators and 15% of representatives are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). With the changing administration, now is the time to build power for immigrants, refugees, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (IR-BIPOC) to shape the policies that affect them and create a just and more equitable Oregon. 


The RIPPLE program will train IR-BIPOC leaders through a 5-week intensive series. The full program is optional and each course is limited to 30 participants. Program graduates will receive a certificate recognizing the knowledge and skills developed through each course they take. The program will end with a celebration and job fair where graduates can network with political organizations, community-based organizations, campaigns and be connected to job opportunities.

Week 1: Levels of Government (Feb. 1-5)

Week 2: Grassroots to Policy (Feb. 8-12)

Week 3: Advocacy & Organizing (Feb. 15-19)

Week 4: Navigating Funding, Grants & Budgets (Feb. 22-26)

Week 5: Running for Office (Mar. 1-5)

Graduation & Job Fair, Saturday, March 12th 11:30AM-1:30AM

We intend this program to be as accessible as possible. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Join the RIPPLE effect by signing up HERE!


Please contact me at [email protected] or 971-600-1516 with questions, donations or language and accommodation needs.


DONATE to fund a future leader

SPONSORSHIP: If you or your company are interested in sponsoring a community leader or educational track please reach out to [email protected] for additional information, including opportunities for promotion of your business.


We intend this program to be as accessible as possible. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There are several options for enrollment listed below, just mark your preferred option in the application. We can also help you decide which option is best for you. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or language access needs.

Option 1: Pay enrollment fee: If you have the means and are able to pay for your registration fees, this allows us to offer the series to others with financial barriers.

$300 per course

$1,500 for full program

Option 2: Pay what you can and fundraise the rest: We’ll walk you through how to set up your own fundraiser.

Option 3: Apply for Scholarship Fund: Use scholarship funds to cover all or a portion of your enrollment fee or attend for free or at a low cost.

Option 4: Find a Sponsor: Ask an organization, business, or union to sponsor you to attend!

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  • Alesha Delaney
    published this page 2022-01-12 12:01:10 -0800