Our Past Wins and Work
"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."
- Margaret Wheatley
From its inception in 2016, the Stan Greenspon Center has engaged the community in education and supported organizing aimed at making lasting social change in Charlotte and the surrounding area.
The Stan Greenspon Center works with the Queens community, congregations across the city, and the Charlotte community at large to support participants as they move from volunteerism to organizing to create systemic change in their areas of concern and passion. We support them in using their individual and collective voices to promote change on issues of human dignity, equity, justice, and human rights.
The Stan Greenspon Center partners in dialogues and programs that increase understanding across lines of difference.
The first step to change is enlightenment
Each year, the Stan Greenspon Center invites the community to come and learn how to make lasting social change in Charlotte and the surrounding area.
In the Fall of 2016, 130 Charlotteans and Queens students participated in a Refugee Advocacy training program. Sessions included academic or professional presentations sharing potential pathways for advocacy. View the videos and blogs here.
In the Fall of 2017, 200 Charlotteans participated in a Racial Justice training program offered in partnership with UNC-Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith University.
In June of 2018, the Greenspon Center hosted a panel on the Unified Development Ordinance with civic and community leaders. Watch the video here.
In the Fall of 2019 the Greenspon Center held the "Marches to Movements: Tools of Social Change" education series for more than 50 social justice leaders. Also in the Fall of 2019, over 130 congregants/clergy participated in our "Faith In Housing" workshop to learn from congregations creating affordable housing. Watch the brief video here.
In the Fall of 2019 for the Call to Action: Criminal Justice Education Series. Find more information here.
Use your Voice to Create Change
The second step to change is organizing and action
The Stan Greenspon Center has supported organizing in the following five areas: