Masters Thesis

Community building to community center: a rural community’s effort to create a sustainable multi-use LGBTQ Community Center

The purpose of this project was to build community capacity by enhancing the leadership of a core team of people from the LGBTQ community, to engage in a participatory process that culminated in the creation of an intention statement that communicates the group’s process and long-term goal. This project used a participatory change framework to enhance the ability of the Humboldt Grassroots LGBTQ Planning Group to engage in community capacity building to meet their long-term goal of creating a sustainable multi-use LGBTQ Community Center. This community project design was developed out extensive discussions and co-learning with the members of the core leadership group and informed by a transformative paradigm strongly rooted in participatory action, leadership development, and use of community organizing and popular education techniques.