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Mandy Carter, a community organizer with more than 40 years experience working on grassroots issues, will discuss her work Feb. 26 at the University of Richmond. She will speak at 4 p.m. in Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room. The talk is free and open to the public.

Carter’s talk will kick off a program to introduce community organizing skills, tactics and strategies to Richmond students. More than 30 students have registered to participate in a workshop Feb. 27 led by the Virginia Organizing Project.

“They will be learning about building coalitions across issues,” said Glyn Hughes, director of Common Ground at Richmond. “We hope to see student leadership emerge from the workshop that will determine where we go from here.”

Hughes said Carter, a black, lesbian social justice activist and grassroots organizer, will discuss what community organizing can do and how it has been used historically. The workshop will help students learn to build productive relationships with one another and the wider community.

Carter is a founding board member of the National Black Justice Coalition and former executive director and co-founder of the Durham-based Southerners on New Ground, which helps communities develop models of organizing that connect race, class, culture, gender and sexual identity.

For more information, call 804-484-1656.