Our monthly “Under the Dome and Around the State” (#UDAS) briefing call for justice advocates covers a few topics and keeps interested Missourians updated on legislative and state-wide issues that Empower Missouri works on.
This week, we’ll be talking with Tara Raghuveer of KC Tenants and Brooke Schipporeit of NLIHC about affordable housing.
Thursday, October 24th 10am-11am
You can access this call either by joining the Google Hangout or dialing in at (779)800-9066 PIN: 669 700 454#
Tara Raghuveer is the director of KC Tenants. She is also the Housing Campaign Director at People’s Action, a national network of grassroots organizations committed to economic and racial justice. Tara cut her teeth organizing in the immigrant rights movement. She was the Deputy Director of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), a coalition of the nation’s 37 largest immigrant rights organizations. Tara has been featured in outlets such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR, The Guardian, and Slate. She has also written for the Urban Institute, TIME, and VICE. Tara’s research on eviction and poverty in Kansas City is cited in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted. She is an Australian-born, Indian-American immigrant who came to the US with her family in 1995 and grew up in Kansas City.
Brooke Schipporeit is a Housing Advocacy Organizer at the National Low Income Housing Coalition. She grew up and went to college in Nebraska then moved to Philadelphia, PA for graduate school where she spent three years supporting state and local coalitions in their efforts to advance solutions to housing poverty. Specifically, she worked as an MSW intern with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and as Philadelphia’s Regional Housing Coordinator for the Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania. Prior to beginning her career in affordable housing advocacy, Brooke spent time working in direct services in Nebraska for both the Head Start program and a domestic violence shelter. Brooke earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.