The Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education & Development is launching a series of monthly webinars on topics related to the foundation’s mission and projects. The webinars will bring together experts, academics and professionals with service providers and social activists.

We are delighted to announce that the speaker for our first webinar is Dr. Emily Regan Wills, Assistant Professor of Political Studies and Social Sciences, University of Ottawa.

Dr. Wills will discuss the critical role of education for organizations aiming to build capacity and mobilize communities.

Why do community groups emphasize education? Why is this vital? Based on fieldwork in Arab American community organizations in NYC, as well as her work with the Community Mobilization in Crisis project,

Dr. Emily Regan Wills, from the University of Ottawa, argues that the usefulness of community-based, informal educational spaces is that they fulfill state and funder imperatives, meet real community needs, but also provide spaces that are flexible, multi-use, and serve as spaces of community building, political formation, and personal transformation.

Educational programs in community spaces must retain this flexibility, and be open to serving multiple functions in order to reach their full transformational potential. Join us for a QED webinar this Saturday at 10 am to explore this important topic.

The webinar will be held on Saturday, January 7th, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST time. The webinar will include a Q&A section.

Watch the webinar here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO-ip9223Q8