Monthly Calls and Committees

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I. Monthly Member Calls
 
Our monthly calls are open to all DSC members to participate in planning and decision-making about our collective work and to share updates about what is happening in local communities. The call-in numbers are provided via e-mail reminders to DSC members. If you are not receiving the reminder e-mails or do not have the call-in number for a call you wish to attend please contact DSC Campaign Coordinator Natalie Chap at natalie(at)dignityinschools(dot)org or at 646-379-6499.
 
Monthly Membership Call
 
3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm est/6pm cst/5pm mst/4pm pst
 
The DSC Membership calls are a space for members, especially youth, parents and educators who are unable to participate in the daytime calls, to: 1) Learn about successes and challenges from members around the country; 2) Share information and give input into campaign developments and Coordinating Committee updates; and 3) Discuss and vote on major campaign decisions to ensure that DSC campaigns and committees are accountable to the wider DSC Membership. 
 
Strategy Call
 
1st Thursday at 2pm est/1pm cst/12pm mst/11am pst
 
The Strategy Call  is a space for members to discuss different topics or themes identified each month that impact our work as DSC. These may include: 1) Strategizing about specific issues related to school pushout, such as police in schools; 2) Considering whether DSC should take on new projects or activities; or 3) Giving input into planning for upcoming DSC events or activities.
 
Moratorium/Model Code Call
 
4th Tuesday of every month at 4pm est/3pm cst/2pm mst/1pm pst
 
The Moratorium/Model Code call is a space for members who have received Moratorium/Model Code support funds to: 1) Provide updates on their local campaigns; and 2) Plan and strategize around implementation of the DSC Model Code on Education and Dignity and the Solutions Not Suspensions Initiative.
 
Federal Strategies Call
 
4th Thursday of every month at 2pm est/1pm cst/12pm mst/11am pst
 
The Federal Strategies call is a space for members to learn about and develop federal policy recommendations and national action strategies for promoting positive alternatives to zero-tolerance discipline, and to plan DSC Days at the Capital. 
 
 
II. Member Committees
 
Any DSC member can volunteer to serve on DSC member committees to plan and carry out specific areas of our work. Some committees meet all year round, while others form for a few months each year to plan out specific annual DSC activities. If you are interested in joining any of these committees you can contact the DSC staff person noted below.
 
Communications Committee
 
Permanent committee with monthly calls
DSC staff contact: Nancy Trevino, nancy@dignityinschools.org
 
The Communications Committee is made up of DSC member groups that meet monthly to provide support and direction for the campaign’s external communications, including messaging, press strategies, social media and web communications, video and overall communications strategy. 
 
Committee members: 
  • Annie Thomas- Power U Center for Social Change, Miami, FL
  • Hashim Jabar- Racial Justice Now! and West Dayton Youth Task Force, Dayton, OH
  • Tavon Bridges- Youth Organizing Institute, Raleigh, NC
  • Reggie Harris- Black Organizing Project, Oakland, CA
  • Teena Marie Johnson- Youth on Board/ Boston Student Advisory Committee, Boston, MA
 
Strategic Planning Committee
 
Ongoing committee formed for planning process in 2014-2015
DSC staff contact: Natalie Chap, natalie@dignityinschools.org
 
The Strategic Planning Committee is made up of DSC member groups that meet monthly (sometimes more often when planning specific events) to guide our Strategic Planning process to revise and/or develop our mission, vision, goals, theory of change and logic model. 
 
Committee members: 
  • Teena Marie Johnson- Youth on Board/ Boston Student Advisory Committee, Boston, MA
  • Maisie Chin- CADRE, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Gina Womack- Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), New Orleans, LA
  • Fahd Ahmed- DRUM South Asian Organizing Center, New York, NY
  • Joyce Parker- Citizens for a Better Greenville, Greenville, MS
  • Christopher Covington- Youth Committee of Building Healthy Communities, Long Beach, CA
  • Tavon Bridges- Youth Organizing Institute, Raleigh, NC
  • Zakiya Sankara-Jabar- Racial Justice Now!, Dayton, OH 
  • Sally Lee, Teachers Unite, New York, NY
 
Annual Membership Meeting Planning Committee 
 
Temporary committee that forms each year for 3-4 months
DSC staff contact: Fernando Martinez, fernando@dignityinschools.org
 
The Annual Membership Meeting Planning Committee is made up of DSC member groups that meet yearly for 3 months to help plan DSC’s annual meeting including content, activities and facilitation. 
 
Week of Action Planning Committee
 
Temporary committee that forms each year for 3-4 months
DSC staff contact: Nancy Trevino, nancy@dignityinschools.org
 
The Week of Action planning committee is made up of DSC member groups that meet yearly from May-October to develop proposals for themes, timing, materials and activities for the Week of Action to share with members for final approval. 
 
Election/Selection Committee
 
Temporary committee that forms each year for 3-4 months
DSC staff contact: Natalie Chap, natalie@dignityinschools.org
 
The Election/Selection Committee is made up of members who volunteer each year in the fall to oversee the annual election of members to the DSC Coordinating Committee. Each year some seats are elected based on a membership vote, and others are selected by the Election/Selection Committee from among the candidates to ensure diversity across geographic areas and types of organizations. The Committee typically meets from February to April.
 
Hiring Committee
 
Temporary committee formed only when needed
 
DSC forms a Hiring Committee when we are hiring a new staff person. Members volunteer to serve on the Hiring Committee to review applications, choose candidates to interview, hold phone and in person interviews with the top candidates and make a final recommendation for the hire to be approved by the Coordinating Committee.
 
 
III. Coordinating Committee and Sub-committees
 
The Coordinating Committee is made up of 13 DSC member groups who oversee the work of the coalition and make internal decisions to ensure that DSC works towards the priorities set by our membership. 12 of the Coordinating Committee members are elected by members, plus 1 representative from the DSC Anchor Group, NESRI (which houses and manages DSC funding and staff). If you are interested in serving on the Coordinating Committee you can contact Natalie Chap, natalie@dignityinschools.org, to learn about the nomination and election process that takes place each year.
 
The three sub-committees below are open only to Coordinating Committee members.
 
Fundraising and Finance Sub-Committee
 
The Fundraising and Finance Sub-Committee is made up of Coordinating Committee members that meet monthly to develop and help carry out DSC’s strategic fundraising plan, identify grant opportunities and meet with potential and current funders, prepare and review grant proposals, prepare and review DSC campaign budgets, and monitor expenses. Because DSC is not an independent 501c3, grant funds are housed and managed by NESRI (DSC’s Anchor Group) and by NAACP LDF (which receives federal lobbying funds for DSC). 
 
Program Sub-Committee
 
The Program Sub-Committee is made up of Coordinating Committee members that meet monthly to address key programmatic and strategic issues related to DSC's campaign work. This includes discussing the strategic direction of the campaign, alliance-building, political analysis and education of membership, reviewing membership and decision-making policies, and other programmatic discussions that may emerge. The Sub-Committee will make recommendations to the Coordinating Committee and/or the full membership for approval of decisions in accordance with our membership policies.
 
Supervision Sub-Committee
 
The Supervision Sub-Committee is made up of Coordinating Committee members that meet monthly to develop and review staff job descriptions and responsibilities, review staff workplans, carry out staff evaluation, receive and respond to concerns of members regarding staff, and receive and respond to concerns raised by staff. Because DSC is not an independent 501c3, staff are employees of NESRI (DSC’s Anchor Group) and are supervised directly by NESRI’s Anchor Group representative on the Coordinating Committee in collaboration with the Supervision Sub-Committee.