Introduction to Grassroots Organizing Workshop

April 29, 2017 - 10:00 - 18:00
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Introduction to Grassroots Organizing Workshop

The Human RightS Initiative (HRSI) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for a one–day intensive INTRODUCTION TO GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING workshop at CEU on Saturday, 29 April 2017 from 10 AM – 6 PM

The workshop aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of the goals, dynamics and methods of grassroots organizing. The training will cover some theoretical concepts regarding civil society and movement building, explain the differences between various approaches to social problems, offer insights into the organizing traditions of the 20th century and create a space for participants to discuss their own experiences and practices regarding citizen action and advocacy. 

Why come

This course will be useful for those who are interested in social change not only theoretically but also from a practical point of view. It will offer some concepts and tools for participants to use in their everyday lives and help them decide why and how they want to get involved in different forms of citizen action from individual action through activism and advocacy to movement building.


Tessza Udvarhelyi, PhD is a long-time activist and educator. In 2009, she co-founded The City is for All, the only grassroots housing advocacy group in Hungary. Tessza completed her PhD in environmental psychology at the City University of New York. Her dissertation was about the responses of the state and grassroots movements to the housing crisis in Hungary. Tessza has a strong background in both formal and non-formal education. She has extensive experience in nonformal and formal education in the fields of intercultural communications and urban studies. In 2016 Tessza was selected as the 36th Hungarian Ashoka fellow for her work with Hungarian social movements.

Mariann Dosa is an activist and academic dedicated to public knowledge production. She completed her PhD in Social Policy at Oxford University. Her dissertation examined how the Hungarian welfare system affects the citizenship of social assistance recipients. Besides investigating social marginalization and gender-based discrimination through academic research she is involved in policy assessment and design in these fields. Mariann has long been involved in the Budapest-based social justice movement. She is the consulting editor and author of a well-read political blog in Hungary. She has been a member of The City is for All since 2009 and she is founder of the organization's only-women working group. Mariann regularly teaches in the Hungarian academic sphere and she holds trainings and workshops in non-formal contexts as well.


CEU students, junior staff, CEU alumni, staff from NGOs, students from other universities, etc.

The workshop is free of charge for all applicants and all participants will receive a Certificate of completion.

Application Process:

Applicants should fill in the attached Application Form and return it to before the deadline.
The selection will be based on the application forms and the selected applicants will be notified via e–mail a few days after the deadline.


Applications should be sent to HRSI no later than Wednesday, April 19.

Please, remember that we have a limited number of places available so make sure you send us your application on time.

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