2021 Communications Institute
2021 Communications Institute: Go Beyond
From February 23-25, 2021, The Opportunity Agenda held its 2021 Remote Communications Institute, embracing the new, ever-changing circumstances we’ve found ourselves in to offer social justice leaders the latest, most innovative approaches in virtual communications, narrative and messaging development, digital media, and online organizing.
In this difficult time, when we continue to find ourselves pulled toward the call to action, yet face the constant challenges of navigating virtual spaces, we recognize the essential need to provide advocates, activists, and cultural strategists with an online learning and convening space where they can be trained in the latest communication and narrative practices. That is why this year, the Communications Institute stepped up to the challenge to Go Beyond by going remote.
The Remote Communications Institute is an invite-only fellowship that brought together a cohort of 20 social justice leaders to engage in a comprehensive online curriculum. Fellows learned the latest best practices in a variety of communications skills, including:
- Narrative and Messaging to Persuade and Activate Audiences
- Media Strategy to Engage Effectively with your Target Media Outlets
- Refining Your Power as a Spokesperson
- Broadcast Media Appearances Preparedness
We are proud to recognize the incredible talent, resilience and fortitude of this year’s Fellows, who have faced an unprecedented year of challenges, hardships, and trauma, but also moments of great success and joy in their work. They are the true leaders of the historical moment we find ourselves in, and we are beyond privileged to be supporting them in their endeavors.
Meet the 2021 Fellows
Olivia PeñaDeputy Program Director, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
Olivia Peña oversees the Harlingen, Houston, and San Antonio teams where staff are appointed as the independent Child Advocates for unaccompanied and separated children in immigration custody.Get To know Olivia
Maritza PerezDirector, Office of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
Maritza Perez, Esq. leads her organization’s federal legislative agenda and strategy to end the war on drugs.Get To know Maritza
Angelina RosadoFounder and Executive Director, Returning Hope Inc.
On her journey to surviving and escaping a toxic and abusive relationship, Angelina Rosad0 sought help from countless organizations to no avail. Instead of giving up, she decided to return hope and founded Returning Hope - an organization dedicated towards empowering survivors and educating the next generation.Get To know Angelina
Katherine SastreCampaign Strategist, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice
Katy Sastre is responsible for coordinating and supporting the NJAIJ’s campaign priorities, ensuring members and partners are actively engaged.Get To know Katherine
Adrianna Torres-GarciaProgram Coordinator, Free Migration Project
Adrianna Torres-Garcia, MSW has an extensive background in social and scientific research, as well as experience in policy and advocacy in nonprofit organizations.Get To know Adrianna
Bianca TylekFounder and Executive Director, Worth Rises
Bianca Tylek is one of the nation’s leading experts on and advocates against the prison industry.Get To know Bianca
Aisha WellsPaid Family Leave Organizer, Mothering Justice
Aisha Wells organizes with mamas of color in the community to understand the paid leave issues in the workplace to help pass legislation.Get To know Aisha
Cheryl WilkinsAssociate Director, The Center for Justice
Cheryl Wilkins is committed to ending the nation’s reliance on incarceration, developing new approaches to safety and justice, and participating in the national and global conversation around developing effective criminal justice policy.Get To know Cheryl
Pamela WinnFounding Director, RestoreHER US.America
Known as "The Face of Dignity For Incarcerated Women", Pamela Winn is an activist from Atlanta, GA who studied Biology at Spelman College, received three degrees in Nursing, and worked over 10 years as a Registered Women’s Health Nurse prior to serving a 78-month federal sentence for a white-collar crime...Get To know Pamela