Thank you for you interest in joining SURJ!
For more information on what it means to be a SURJ affiliate, please visit Start a Chapter or Affiliate Group on our website.
We are seeing tremendous growth of new SURJ chapters and existing organizations joining SURJ as affiliates -- we have grown from 12 to nearly 200 chapters/affiliates in just the past two years. So we have developed a system for on-boarding new chapters that (we hope) is clearer!
In order to start a new SURJ chapter in your community, please follow these steps:
- Register for a New Chapter Orientation call -- calls take place every Thursday at at 6ET / 5CT / 4MT / 3PT: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/724dd0b8470ac942d746f627e8486654
- If you are unable to attend one of these calls, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a 1:1 call.
- If you want/need additional support, New Chapter Coaching calls are also available -- calls take place the first Wednesday of each month at 6ET / 5CT / 4MT / 3PT and you can register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/866f8df431d565814ac87b605f06faf5
- After you have attended a New Chapter Orientation call, meet with your leadership team or core group to work through these steps:
- Agree to the SURJ Mission, Vision and Values: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/about
- Agree to the SURJ Theory of Change: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/surj_s_theory_of_change
- Begin the process of developing accountability relationships
- Make sure you are aware of other chapters in your area and are in touch with them if they are in close proximity: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/affiliated_groups_local_contacts
- Once you have completed these steps and are ready to become a SURJ chapter, submit the New Chapter Commitment form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0Zn-K9do2yGLOqVflJNtC8XMnA_bz31i0OSG8Ic4PzwRkdw/viewform
- We will connect you with a Coach to support your chapter and connect you with other local chapters
- We will add 1-2 of your core leaders to our Local Leads listserv, which helps connect point people from all chapters
- We will add your chapter contact information to the website here: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/affiliated_groups_local_contacts (the map update will take longer as we are going to be launching a new website in the coming months)
If you would like to update the information of your point person on the Local Leads List or the contact information for your group on the website, please contact email@example.com. Please be patient with these changes -- they should be made within a week.
And feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org any time with any other questions or concerns!