News and Updates

Save the Date - WestCo 2014, May 02-04, Davis, CA

WestCo, an annual conference for members of cooperatives in the Western United States and Canada, will be held this year in Davis, California on May 02-04! WestCo is a space for local cooperators to build community, share skills, attend educational workshops and social events, and celebrate their common interests and experiences. For more info, click here.

NASCO Board News: Financial Sustainability Committee

We created a fundraising plan and calendar for this year, coordinated by staff and reviewed and evaluated by the committee, which will be a building block for development work for years to come. Going forward, staff will send out a monthly report describing their work and successes in regards to the milestones and goals outlined in the plan, and from which the committee will evaluate their progress and provide guidance. Now that a firm development plan is in place, FISUS is looking to determine what other issues fall under its "financial sustainability" umbrella.

NASCO Board News: Inclusion Committee

NASCO is working with AORTA to conduct an anti-oppression audit of how power, privilege, and oppression play out in the areas of governance, staff, leadership development, and education. The Inclusion Committee is working hard to educate their membership on issues of anti-oppression and diversity, and in fact, two members of the committee made a trip out to Oberlin College this past November to facilitate a training for Oberlin Student Cooperative (OSCA) members.

Cooperative Movement News

NASCO is the leading voice for youth and student cooperators in North America. As a result, many other Binational and National organizations communicate with us about updates and happenings throughout the cooperative movement. In the next issue of our newsletter, we will feature upcoming conferences, careers opportunities, and events that are occurring soon. For more information, please see our links page for more information.

Featured Resource: Cooperatives in the African American Experience

Your membership in NASCO provides your co-op with educational resources. With each newsletter, we will highlight new online resources available to you, and share updates on our work. We have a great selection of articles and materials on Anti-oppression education.  Check out our Shared Resource Library for more resources.

Welcome the New Active Member Representative

Sneha Narayan is a PhD student at Northwestern University, and has lived in MOSAIC co-op in Evanston, IL for two years. Before moving to Chicagoland, she was a student at Oberlin College and a member of the Oberlin Student Co-operative Association (OSCA) for 4 years, during which time she served on the Board of Directors, and sat on the Finance and Education Committees.

Member Spotlight: Vanessa Toro

At every NASCO Institute, an Active Member Representative is elected for a 1-year term on the NASCO board. This position is elected by the Annual General Meeting Representatives. Our outgoing Active Member Representative is Vanessa Toro. Vanessa has a few words to share before leaving the board. Read Vanessa's Letter below.



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