Dr. LeAnne Campbell, Executive Director and Founder, of Global Roots, has worked on projects in the Dominican Republic for over twenty five years. The mission of this organization is to create vibrant (healthy), inclusive and sustainable communities – locally and internationally. We do this through education, leadership training and networking, specifically through 1-12 week study tours, conferences and curriculum development workshops, addressing real-world issues, focused on the environment, women and community development. Our programs incorporate a theoretical framework, highlighting solutions, while exploring, in-depth, the current situation, how it’s created and how it’s perpetuated. The goal in this process is to empower, to provide the resources and tools necessary to become informed citizens capable of facilitating dialogues and developing community initiatives towards a vibrant (healthy) and inclusive society.
To meet this goal, Global Roots works with several local organizations, groups and schools. Participants in the Creating Sustainable Communities Conference will have the opportunity to visit and engage with some of projects. This will occur through two half day excursions, with participants having the opportunity to 1) visit a small rural village, specifically a local school, to share with MARHMI, artists from the largest muralist project in the Caribbean, and local youth groups to explore how they are utilizing public art to bring forth a dialogue on the environment and sustainability. During this same visit, participants will have the opportunity to hike through a rural farm and visit with different families in the village.