Update from the NoVo Foundation
Earlier today, the NoVo Foundation shared an announcement with its partners within the Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women. This is the initiative under which Move to End Violence is housed and so we wanted to inform the broader MEV community of the update and to respond to some questions that some of you may have about MEV’s future.
At the beginning of last summer, NoVo Foundation entered a process of deep reflection to review their work over the past 14 years in order to determine how to best move into their next chapter. This work pre-dated the current global pandemic but also presumed systemic collapse was an approaching reality. In many ways, this moment has clarified and affirmed their path for the future.
As a result, the current NoVo Foundation team in the Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women will be transitioning out as of June 30th, specifically Puja Dhawan, Maheen Kaleem, Jesenia Santana, and Kyndall Clark. Their leadership and partnership have been instrumental in the creation, evolution, and growth of MEV and we are eternally grateful for their wisdom, grace, and integrity. We are sad to say goodbye, but we know that they will always be part of the MEV community.
What does this mean for MEV?
MEV is a program of the NoVo Foundation that is managed by a dedicated consultant team at The Raben Group. The MEV team will continue to stay on to lead and run the program: Monica Dennis, Priscilla Hung, Latishia James-Portis, and ramelcy uribe. We will also continue working with an exemplary team of consultants that make the program possible, including facilitators, coaches, evaluators, and more.
MEV was designed from the beginning as a program that would sunset after five cycles and we are holding true to that vision. The deadline for applications for our fifth and final cohort is May 15th and we are eager to read and review them. We are moving forward with our plans to invest in a cohort of powerful leaders doing innovative work to envision and build a world free from violence. However, the global pandemic has sharpened our questions about what does wellness look like, how do we gather safely, and how do we build deep relationship and collaboration across distance. We are working to re-imagine capacity-building and movement-building in the time of pandemic and look forward to experimenting with solutions together.
We know that all of you are also managing uncertainty in these times. Some of the practices that are grounding us include Forward Stance, Beloved Community, and Self-Care, as well as these resources developed by the larger community.
As more news becomes available, we look forward to sharing it with all of you. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to MEV Co-Directors Monica Dennis and Priscilla Hung with any questions related to MEV. If you have questions for NoVo, please contact Sangeeta Budhiraja at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We deeply appreciate you and are glad to be in continued partnership as we navigate these unprecedented times.