Cynthia Silva Parker

Senior Associate
Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC)

Cynthia Silva Parker builds individual and organizational capacity to collaborate for social justice. A Senior Associate at Interaction Institute for Social Change, Cynthia delivers training, consulting, coaching, and facilitation services to nonprofit, public and philanthropic organizations focused on racial equity, education, community development, and more. She has led or co-led the development of several workshops, including The Fundamentals of Facilitation for Racial Justice Work and Advancing Racial Justice. Cynthia’s prior leadership experience includes Boston Freedom Summer and the Algebra Project. Cynthia holds a BA from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and a Master of Public Policy from JFK School of Government at Harvard.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Walking the Talk: Putting Racial Equity and Justice into Organizational Practice

Your team is all about racial justice and racial equity. Ever wish you could do more to put them into practice in your day-to-day work? Ways to shift organizational culture, structure, program design, or governance? Then, this workshop is for you.

1. Collaborative Leadership for Racial Justice
We'll explore the importance of collaboration for guiding organizational change. We will introduce Facilitative Leadership for Social Change, a form of leadership that is about “inspiring and creating the conditions for self-empowerment so that people can work together to achieve a common goal.” We will also introduce our Collaborative Change Framework, which is a simple way to begin mapping out your change effort.

2. Mapping the Territory: Eight Dimensions of Organizational Life
For each dimension listed below, you will explore critical questions, typical topics, and high-value resources to help shape your thinking and action. You'll also be able to share your favorite resources with other participants.
· Big Picture Analysis (vision, root cause analysis, strategy, worldview and theory of change)
· Program Design and Putting Constituents at the Center*
· Program Evaluation
· Storytelling (communications, fundraising)
· Organizational Culture
· Human Resources
· Governance
· Organizational Structure
Putting Constituents at the Center cuts across all of the dimensions.

3. Making the Case for Change.
We’ll introduce a four-step process for making a powerful case for change within your organization.
We’ll encourage you to commit to specific next steps to continue advancing racial justice and racial equity in and through your organization.

Speakers: Cynthia Silva Parker, Kelly Bates

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Using Systems Thinking to Address Structural Racism

If you want tools to understand and address the systemic nature of injustice, this is the workshop for you. The Interaction Institute invites participants to get beyond the tip of the iceberg or racist event, and dig deeper into the patterns, structures, and underlying beliefs that allow structural racism exist.

In this interactive workshop, IISC staff will work with participants to apply various systems thinking tools to uncover “leverage points” for advancing our pursuit of racial justice.

We will develop our capacity to:

• See more systemically
• Apply tools to identify leverage points for change
• Examine mindsets as impediments to/accelerants for change

Speakers: Andrew Grant-Thomas, Curtis Ogden, Cynthia Silva Parker