Activism Brunch: HOMELESSNESS

Saturday, September 7 at 12:00pm
at Hillman City Collaboratory Mixing Chamber

(suggested donation of $10)

Special thanks to our informative panel of local subject matter experts for illuminating common myths and misconceptions about homelessness, detailing the complexity of factors and challenges that can contribute to and perpetuate cycles of homelessness, and sharing ideas how you can get involved and advocate for change.

PLUS, a sneak peek of Mirror Stage’s upcoming Expand Upon: HOMELESSNESS, featuring Tee Dennard, Hazel Rose Gibson, Joe Ivy, Patrick Lennon, Marty Mukhalian, Meenakshi Rishi, Sofía Raquel Sánchez, and Pratik Shah.

The general event timeline:
12:00pm: Doors open
12:10pm: Greeting & introductions
12:15pm: Panel discussion on the complexities of Homelessness
12:45pm: Teaser scene #1
1:00pm: Audience Q&A with panel
1:30pm: Teaser scene #2 
1:45pm: Panel: Suggested actions
2:00pm: Thank you and end of event


Alison Eisinger

Alison Eisinger is Executive Director of the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. Thirty years of practice at the intersection of social work, public health, and community organizing have honed her ability to analyze and improve public policies, and engage people in creative advocacy and effective problem-solving. Born and raised in New York City, Alison has worked as a case manager and children’s advocate for poor and homeless children and families, and as a social epidemiologist at the Public Health Department of Seattle and King County. The daughter and granddaughter of refugees and immigrants, Alison grew up understanding that democracy is not a spectator sport. Alison earned an M.S.W. from the University of Washington (UW) and is affiliate faculty at the UW School of Public Health.


Charlotte Sanders

Charlotte Sanders, MSW has been involved in social services for more than 22 years, primarily serving Seattle youth and young adults in different homeless service settings and capacities, ranging from direct service, program management and advocacy. She worked with Neighborcare Health’s Homeless Youth Clinic as the youth clinic manager and onsite social worker, and continues to work as an on-call intake social worker for Washington state’s Children’s Administration Central Intake Unit. Sanders also co-chairs the UW Seattle interprofessional course on homelessness.


Dina Wilderson, Ph.D.

Dina Wilderson, Ph.D., serves as YouthCare’s Learning and Impact Officer. She has over a decade of executive-level experience within agencies focused on eliminating the experience of homelessness for youth and young adults. Her expertise is in program evaluation, performance management, outcomes measurement, information dissemination, knowledge sharing, advocacy, and public policy. Prior to relocating to Seattle, Dina served as the Chief of Research and Evaluation at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Dina received her doctorate degree in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University. She is a member of the National Network for Youth Policy Advisory Committee and the National Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Center (RHYTTAC) Advisory Board. She is also Co-Chair of the All Home King County System Performance Committee.