Week 3: Power and Budgets/Funding

Brie Scolaro

  • My first attempt was a 5 minute voice memo that I cannot yet figure out how to attach.
  • My second attempt was to upload a PDF of this document that I wrote, to no avail.
  • Here I have finally uploaded my questions from the week – I have deeper reflections, but after 4 hours of driving and multiple attempts, alas, this is what ya get!
  • Organizations do not ask for money unless they need money. In what ways do systems of power protect White Supremacy through accepting and rejecting various documentation of organizational needs, accomplishments, budgets – who is to say what is deemed worthy and unworthy. Can money ever be given without a power imbalance between the grantor and the grantee? What are examples of best practices of folx that do things DIFFERENT (because this current way just aint working…)

1 thought on “Week 3: Power and Budgets/Funding

  1. Katina Rogers (she/her)

    Brie, oh no! I’m sorry you had tech issues (and I know from your survey response that ineffective systems are your pet peeve!). I’ll look into the media upload situation and see if I can figure out what’s going wrong.

    Your observation about power dynamics in grant funding relationships is really important—let’s definitely talk about that in class today. I also want to dig into what a just/equitable budgetary process would even look like. I know of at least one program at the GC that engages in participatory budgeting, which is a super interesting approach within the institutional/financial constraints of the institution—what are some other ways to engage in “administrative activism” through things like budgets and financial reporting?

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