Healing-Centered Community Engagement


May 12, 2020
9:30am - 12:00pm


Carrie Niemy & Nella Young, Enterprise Community Partners


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In this time of crisis, it is hard to imagine that something seemingly as simple as our community engagement processes might actually build our communities’ resilience. A healing-centered approach to community engagement has been proven to do so. 

Even beyond the need to build resilient communities, why healing-centered engagement? As a field, we often work in systematically disadvantaged communities with inter-generational trauma at the core of their experience. We have learned that a history of trauma and constant re-traumatization gets in the way of getting people to the table and in the words of our friend Michael Enzi, “if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” a phenomena that perpetuates the cycle of inequity and trauma.  

In this immersive workshop, we will walk through the tenets of a healing-centered engagement approach, which is essential to building the connection and trust needed to engage people in meaningful planning processes. We will provide actionable examples from across the country that go beyond how to plan good meetings and will equip participants with three easy to use tools to put to work immediately. The session will include discussion about modifying these tools for use during this period of social distancing. 


Carrie Niemy

Carrie Niemy serves as the Program Director for Design Leadership at Enterprise Community Partners where she develops programs, tools and curriculums to effectively bring design excellence to the fields of community development and affordable housing. Carrie led the 2018 development of the Design Matters online learning platform, a first in class resource for sharing best practices online. Prior to joining the Enterprise team, Carrie served as the Executive Director of East Somerville Main Streets for eight years where she led the organization’s urban and economic development and placemaking strategy. Carrie holds a BS in Environmental Studies from Union College and an MBA focused in marketing and strategy from Boston University. 

Nella Young 

Nella is a Senior Program Director for National Design Initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners. In this role she is a champion for the integration of culture and creativity into community development and responsible for launching two influential grant programs - Collaborative Actions and Climate & Cultural Resilience. Previously, she was the Program Director for the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship which partners emerging designers with community developers to improve design thinking and community engagement where they work. She has a background in urban planning and experiential education and has been involved in projects covering a range of topics including infrastructure for active living, economic development for the creative sector, and policies that improve access to healthy food. Nella holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University where she majored in studio arts. 

Registration deadline: 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Registration fee: 

$60 Regular, $30 MACDC Member, $15 Student/AmeriCorps/Intern

Type of event: 

MKI Training

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning
Real Estate Development