Task 1: Identifying a Focal Community 

Consider that a focal community (arena) represents the target population that desires change. It has distinguishable boundaries, a historical context, sub-groups, strengths and needs.

a. Identify a community to which you actually belong. It can be geographic (where you live/work/volunteer), virtual, based on identity, or functional (one based on similar needs/tasks). Once you have identified your community, reflect on the following:

b. Identify a social issue that you wish could change in your focal community. Describe the social group (population of interest) that is most impacted by this social issue. What are their characteristics? Do you belong to this group or are you an ally?

c. Imagine this issue beginning to transform in your community. What would be happening more? What other changes might occur because of the shift? I

d. If you could talk with people in your community about this issue changing, what kinds of questions would you ask? Who would be present? Integrate the readings into your reflection.

Please write a 1-page response (approximately 300 words) 

Task 2: Locating Data 

Review the SWMP Needs Assessment Table 6.1.

a. Identify which of the six data sources you would tap into to gather more information about the issue in your community.

b. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of these data sources for your particular community and issue for change. What data sources might be missing that are relevant for your community?

Please write a 1-page response (approximately 300 words) 

Task 3. Analyze how dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression play into how this social problem exists. 

A.How do you imagine other constituents of your community might determine assets or non assets?

b. Are there any implications regarding power, privilege, and oppression?

c. How do power dynamics influence what assets are present, missing, or considered non assets?

Please write a 1-page response (about 300 words) 


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