EmPower Hour: Collaborating for Systemic Change

Join us for Urban Co-Lab's EmPower Hour!

The EmPower Hour is a monthly event series which features different ideas, leaders, or organizations which make positive impacts in the community and around the world in innovative and sustainable ways.

  • In roundtable style, attendees are connected to organizations and speakers with an opportunity to learn firsthand about innovative programs addressing social issues, the journey of the organizations and speakers, and lessons the attendees can apply to their own life and work.

  • The series provides an opportunity for education and conversation, allowing participants to walk away more connected to other social entrepreneurs and more inspired to tackle the big issues ahead.

  • Each month focuses on a different topic related to issues facing urban environments and the global community, including but not limited to: sustainability, crime & safety, healthcare, inclusive communities, infrastructure, and civic engagement.

The month of August will focus on Crime & Safety with speaker Sarah Worthington of the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable.

Reentry is the process by which incarcerated persons return to the community, which begins at arrest and continues through reintegration. The Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable (A/TCRRT) is a community that values and supports the successful reentry and integration of persons and individuals with criminal histories with the mission to be a robust collaborative to promote public safety through effective reentry and reintegration of formerly incarcerated persons and individuals with criminal histories. 

This month’s speaker, Sarah D. Worthington, currently serves as the Planning Council Chair and in addition to a Master of Science in social work and Juris Doctor in law, has experience as a policy attorney with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, working with a nonprofit immigration services law firm, and as a staff attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the Texas Foster Youth Justice Project. Sarah will pull from her expertise and experience in criminal justice to show how the Roundtable brings partners and stakeholders together to strategically develop plans that bring about system change that ensure the safety and well being of all,and ultimately, why and how the everyday citizen should and can support this work.

Whether a social entrepreneur, local community member, experienced professional, or simply an interested party, the EmPower Hour provides fresh perspectives to ongoing problems and lessons you can apply to your own ventures and daily life.

While the event is free and open to the public, space is limited to ensure a conversational environment is maintained.

August 24
Private Event