New Leaders Council, Orange County, is a new chapter that was recently chartered at the NLC national leadership retreat in New Orleans this year. The chapter’s founders and co-directors, Angelica Ramos and Adel Syed, will present an interactive workshop on power mapping here in Orange County. This is geared towards people who are interested and involved in promoting positive social changes, through service, advocacy and other vehicles, often needs to think about context and relationships within the spheres she/he works.
Power Mapping is a conceptual strategy of determining whom you need to influence, exactly who can influence your target, and whom you can actually influence to start the dominoes in motion. We will use the issue of “Islamaphobia” (prejudice against, hatred or fear of Islam or Muslims) and apply a valuable tool for individuals actively working with communities, providing a simple framework and a set of tools to better understand and leverage relationships and networks.
Angelica is a recent graduate of Whittier Law School (WLS), where she earned a Juris Doctorate with concentrations in Children’s Rights and Criminal Law. She is an alumna of the American University, Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society with a minor in Communications. Angelica’s passion is advocating for abused and neglected children. During law school, she served as a law clerk for the Orange County Juvenile Court’s Presiding Judge, (ret.) Carolyn Kirkwood, the Sexual Assault Unit of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Family Violence Clinic at WLS and the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. She also served as the Associate Editor of the Whittier Law Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, an honors organization, and as the Director of “On Common Ground”, a program that promotes dialogue about how minority groups experience oppression. She volunteers on the National Women’s Political Caucus as the board’s secretary, is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Children’s Rights Litigation Committee and is certified as a sexual assault counselor in both California and Washington, D.C.