Community Care Kit Project
Apply to the Community Care Cohort!
Applications due November 13th 2020
We are now accepting applications for the FIRST Community Care Cohort interns!
The Community Care Cohort (CCC) internship is an opportunity for undergraduate students to experiment with creating and leading care projects within a supportive environment. Interns will engage deeply with the questions raised in the Community Care Kit Project mission statement.
Interns will develop skills to map already-existing systems of care, and they will co-create and lead care projects with the DCC. Interns will learn about different histories and practices of care work, focusing on the disability justice, healing justice, and transformative justice movements.
The Community Care Kit Project is a cluster of practice-based explorations that aim to expand our notions of what counts as care. One of its missions is recognizing the harm in thinking of individuals as solely responsible for their own care. When do practices of self-care become another demand that we condition ourselves for ever greater productivity, or another niche for consumer culture? In the tradition of abolitionist feminism, the project is simultaneously critical & creative, grounded in recognizing our interdependence and dreaming ways to put it into practice. Given that institutionalized routes of care fail many of us and create harm, how can we build care structures for ourselves?
We want to thank our graduate assistant Sylvie Rosenkalt and recognize the care she has put into developing this project in its incubation; she in turn wants to thank Mimi Khúc, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Rae Parnell for their wisdom, guidance and labor towards this project in all of its iterations.
Your human frailty is not a regrettable fault to be treated by proper self care so you can get your nose back to the grindstone. Sickness, disability and unproductivity are not anomalies to be weeded out; they are moments that occur in every life, offering common ground on which we might come together.
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The Virtual Care Kit is community sourced. What does this mean? Instead of a resource-sharing model where an expert “helps” a non-expert, community-sourced care affirms collective wisdom and knowledge-sharing, valuing and trusting our peers’ experiences of particular tools as helpful. That means we need you to fill the care kit.