November 2019
The Mel King Institute for Community Building offers training and educational opportunities to help build just and inclusive communities. This newsletter contains MKI and partner trainings, upcoming conferences, educational opportunities and resources for further exploration of the field.
MKI Intern Network
After the success of our Fall Pilot MKI Intern Network, we are excited to announce the Spring semester session of the Network! If your organization is hosting interns for the Spring semester we would love for them to join our intern network. The internship network is designed to expose interns who are enrolled in any concentration area to the field of community development. They will have access to MKI trainings and workshops, network building opportunities, partner events, and other activities that provide participation in the MKI Community. Interns will meet staff in different roles, leaders from the field, and learn about possible career paths.

If your intern is interested in joining us please have them fill out
THIS FORM by January 20, 2020 and have them mark January 23rd , our launch event date, in their calendars!
MACDC Conference Room
15 Court Square, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02108

The MKI Training Series Board Chairs Leading Way is now being held in Boston. If the previous location was holding you back before, now is your time to REGISTER !

Join us for 3 Training Sessions that will lead you and your Board on the path to success!

Board chairs have enormous responsibilities and accountability for the success of their boards. This unique hands-on training series will focus on practical strategies for becoming a more effective and skilled leader for your board.  

" I didn't know what to expect- topics I had not considered were brought up and I was guided to learn about and consider topics I hadn't even identified as needing improvement- knowledgeable trainers- appreciate evidence based presentations "
- Board Chair Series 2017 Participant

The Dates for the Session will remain the same:
November 18, 2019; 5:30pm - 8:00pm
December 4, 2019; 5:30pm - 8:00pm
December 18, 2019; 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Featured Event
Edwards House Meetings & Retreats
1 Badger Road
Framingham, MA 01702

Instructor: Jack Geary
The class is an interactive and highly participatory hands-on workshop designed for practitioners and board members with a wide range of professional experience. 

The session includes an overview of key property asset management concepts and theories and a review of the responsibilities of key asset management participants, including:
  • Introduction to the double bottom line concept of affordable property ownership
  • Review of the life stages of a property
  • Introduction and thorough review of property performance standards
  • Training on the review and analysis of property financial reports and property/partnership audits

Upcoming MKI Events


  • Health Equity and Community Development - Feb 12

  • Introduction to Housing Development - Mar 4

  • Difficult Conversations - Mar TBD

  • Introduction to Housing Development Finance - Mar 18

  • Group Facilitation: Bringing Community Meetings to Life - April 3
Operation ABLE knows that employers are interested in ensuring that their employees are skilled in Microsoft Office applications. The decision to invest in training for your greatest asset, your employees, translates to employee loyalty, retention and growth.
Learn about the Direct Access Program that provides free trainings to eligible organizations and Low Cost Fee-for-Service Program that Operation ABLE offers to get staff trained in the basics and advanced levels of Microsoft Word and Excel.

Public Housing Training Program 

This training helps participants handle challenges unique to their particular role as both a resident and a Board Member of a public housing authority. Participants learn about the role of the Board Member, take an in-depth look at budgets and capital improvement plans, and receive a free resource binder. 

Upcoming Training Opportunities:
Partner Events
Community Organizing & Planning

Economic Development

Nonprofit Governance

Racial Equity

Real Estate Development


Application Deadlines

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Featured Resources
Urban Institute

This is an online resource that includes research, data, and other important information that community development professionals can equip themselves with in order to create affordable housing and vibrant communities throughout the country.
Alliance for Community Health Integration (ACHI), Massachusetts Public Health Association, The Boston Foundation

As the Health and Community Development field continue to become more intertwined, research about the health needs that arise from social and economic factors is being conducted at a higher rate, including this most recent analysis. The research for this report
consists of interviews with Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and community-based organizations (CBOs) about their current efforts concerning the factors that affect the overall health in their communities.
MKI Intern Network @ Undesign the Redline

We launched the MKI Intern Network in October and recently members of the Fall cohort participated in a tour of the Undesign the Redline Tour . The exhibit is an interactive experience that encourages participants to dig deep into the history of discriminatory housing policies and their impact on systemic inequities that exist today. Members of the internship network were able to ha ve meaningful conversations and walk away with an increased knowledge about the housing landscape in Boston. The Undesign the Redline exhibit is located at the JPNDC Brewery Complex, where it will run through Dec. 31, 2019.
~ In Case You Missed It ~
Find more information regarding the intern  network here , our launch event for the spring cohort will be held on January 23rd.
MACDC Staff Corner

Check out this reflection from MACDC's Communications and Operations Fellow, Nadine Sanchara, about the Undoing Racism Training held in September. She gives her insights about the training as a whole and speaks on being labeled as "Other" in the US. 
~ What We're Reading ~
by Zach Mortice

Zach Mortice, a Chicago-based design journalist, discusses the importance "holistically embracing accessibility" in design and keeping it at the top of mind from the beginning of the process. Read more on his thoughts at the link above.