Info Session: Building a Social Network Analysis

Partners of the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas met for an interactive information session centered on utilizing Kumu, a free, web-based software, to create a Social Network Analysis (SNA). Justin DeBrosse, Director of Instructional Quality, led the discussion on how to create a SNA through Kumu and discussed the importance of identifying LCCT's collective, extended network for both the Literacy Coalition and its partners! 

Together, in collaboration with representatives from ASpIRe, AVANCE, BookSpring, and Austin Community College, DeBrosse presented the Literacy Coalition's existing SNA and accompanying map (see it below). He then gave insight on the benefits that identifying partners, the types of relationships organizations have with one another, and other key factors can provide an organization when organized into this useful tool. DeBrosse then led the small group into beginning to build their own SNA, walking them through the steps of setting up an account and how to start creating relationships. 

Wait... so what exactly is an SNA?

A Social Network Analysis, or SNA for short, is used to analyze connections between individuals, groups, or organizations. An SNA reflects power distributions between organizations and can be used as a tool to study influences and behaviors. Identifying and studying these relationships can strengthen the broader network of LCCT and all its partners! 

Check out the Literacy Coalition's SNA below!

Want to join our Social Network Analysis? Let us know by calling 512-326-8655 x.104

Local Nonprofits Get the Scoop about Immigrant Rights

Leaders across our Coalition Partner network in Central Texas gathered at the Literacy Coalition last week to hear attorney Faye Kolly's share her insight on immigrant rights and how to help protect them.

Representatives from organizations like, El Buen Samaritano, Manos de Cristo, United Way for Greater Austin, and many others came together to discuss their own rights as nonprofits as well as the rights of the various immigrant groups they serve. Faced with the changes of a new national administration, the nonprofits conceded on methods to prevent any unfair or unjust treatment towards the communities they serve.

Prior to the information session, attorney Kolly asked the group what their biggest concern was. The resounding question—what actions should be taken when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers knock on their doors?

Kolly encouraged the group to remain calm, reminding them to ask the officers to identify themselves and produce a warrant before anything else. 

Visting from De Mott, McChesney, Curtright and Armendáriz, LLP, Kolly practices in several areas of immigration law and is dedicated to providing legal strategies for representing clients with a wide range of immigration needs. In the past, Kolly, a frequent volunteer and presenter at immigration-related events, even gave public testimony before the Texas House and Senate Committees regarding business immigration and driver’s licenses.

“I always appreciate the opportunity to engage with those in the community who are doing so much for immigrants and fostering literacy” Kolly said.