ROSALIND HELFAND collaborates with nonprofits and the government to create and implement innovative programs and policies, connect communities, inspire advocacy, and address complex local and global issues. She is adept at cross-cultural communication, multi-disciplinary endeavors, community engagement, organizational development, and planning for long term positive change. Rosalind works across multiple fields spanning human rights, arts and literature, education, and the environment.

News | February 2016

Emerging Leader Award Recipient – Presented by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles

Speaking about reproductive justice at NCJW/LA's Roe v Wade Anniversary Celebration.

Speaking about reproductive justice at NCJW/LA’s Roe v Wade Anniversary Celebration.

I’m thrilled to announce that on February 21, 2016, I’ll be presented with the Emerging Leader Award by the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles. Since 2014, I’ve worked with NCJW/LA’s Advocacy Committee and Reproductive Justice Working Group. My focus has been reproductive justice, including abortion access, as well as other important social justice issues. I’ve taken a leadership role in organizing, curating and emceeing the annual Roe vs. Wade Anniversary Celebration for two years, participated in numerous lobby visits to elected officials — including traveling to Sacramento last year and to Washington D.C. next month, and helped to shape NCJW/LA’s advocacy programs. NCJW/LA does extraordinary social justice work and it’s an honor to receive this award. Learn more about NCJW/LA HERE.

Thank You for Standing Together for Reproductive Rights, Health & Justice in January!

Lakhiyia Hicks performs a story for the anniversary of Roe v Wade.

Lakhiyia Hicks performs a story for the anniversary of Roe v Wade.

In January, the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles celebrated the 43rd anniversary of Roe v Wade and geared up for another year of working hard to protect and expand women’s access to the full range of reproductive health care options — including abortion. I helped to produce and curate this event, which drew nearly 200 guests and 20 co-sponsoring reproductive justice, social justice, women’s rights, and civil rights organizations.

The evening included true life storytelling hosted by the Unplanned Story Party and speakers from organizations including Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, Black Women for Wellness, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, and more. It was a tremendous success, and just the beginning of what is going to be a great year working for reproductive justice.

Directing Sci-Fest LA’s Short Story Writing Competition for L.A. High School Students — Submissions are Due February 19!

The Tomorrow Prize 2016 Graphic

Sci-Fest LA’s short story writing competition for L.A. County High School students, The Tomorrow Prize, is open through Friday, February 19! Last year, we received extraordinary stories from high schools throughout LA County and featured our finalists’ work in a special afternoon of dramatic readings by science fiction celebrities. The goal of the competition is to encourage and foster up and coming science fiction writing talent. Submissions for The Tomorrow Prize for L.A. County High School students are due on February 19, 2016. For guidelines and to submit work, go HERE!

Excited to Attend the Citizen Science Symposium for Conservation in Southern California Symposium on February 20, 2016

Citizen Science Symposium on February 20.

Citizen Science Symposium on February 20.

A massive grassroots movement led by museums and other research institutions and nonprofit organizations to engage ordinary citizens in education, scientific research, and data collection for the purpose of conservation, Citizen Science is the wave of the future. I’ll be attending the Citizen Science Symposium at the Long Beach Aquarium on February 20, where we’ll hear about important conservation topics from researchers, discuss the growth of Citizen Science programs, and more.

I’m also interested in seeing Citizen Science incorporated into community service programs for youth.

Learn more about the Symposium HERE.