Hi fellow Uprooters! I’m Monica Samayoa, environment reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Steering Committee Co-Chair!
A few weeks ago, the Steering Committee members met where it all started for Uproot — Seattle! We went back to our roots to get together for a few days to finally get to work in person. After spending so much time on Zoom and looking at each other through tiny squares, getting to spend time together in person was amazing.
In two days of packed sessions, we got A LOT of work done. We thought a lot about what will continue to make The Uproot Project successful — what do our members need now, and what will our members need in the future. And let me tell you, a lot of great things are coming! We are still working on solidifying our foundation and one of the biggest outcomes from the retreat was deciding to transition to The Uproot Project’s Board. This will allow our director, Lucia Priselac, and our staff to make some decisions on their own and get the ball rolling on projects quicker!
Building something from scratch takes a lot of work, communication, and patience. After a lot of thought and discussion, we wanted to enable Uproot to grow and evolve. So moving forward, we’re going to continue to build out our brand, increase our member engagement and look for more partnerships — while always keeping our members’ best interests in mind when making these decisions. We also got started on outlining our yearly goals starting next Fall.
And it wasn’t just all work. Did you know we love to karaoke? Slack me your fav songs to sing!
The time we spent allowed us to create an even bigger bond with each other and in turn has reinvigorated our commitment to you. And there’s still a lot of work to be done!
Uproot has so many great things coming in the next few years and together, we are all working on changing the narrative on the climate crisis! So I'm borrowing a line from our fellow Board member, Justin Worland, WATCH THIS SPACE!