NETWORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Educate, Engage, Activate

NFSJ Names Rebecca Slisz as Permanent Executive Director

The Network for Social Justice Board of Directors is delighted to announce Rebecca Slisz as our permanent Executive Director. The decision followed an extensive recruitment and interview process this spring.

Ms. Slisz has served as the Interim Executive Director since February 2024 and successfully led the Network’s Spring programs including an inaugural Women’s History Month celebration and fundraiser. The annual AANHPI and PRIDEfest events engaged multigenerational attendees, and the 2nd annual Pride Party for adults drew an enthusiastic and supportive community.

“Rebecca’s commitment to building an inclusive Winchester, her strategic thinking, and her proven ability to translate ideas into action impressed us during the search,” said Susan Verdicchio, Board President. “Her passion for social justice is evident, and her recent completion of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network’s certificate program demonstrates her dedication to the sector. The Board was unanimous in its decision that Rebecca would bring unique energy and focus to the Network.”

A longtime Network volunteer and working mother of two McCall middle schoolers, Rebecca says, “My passion for social justice stems from role models and relationships from growing up in a Connecticut suburb to living in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m honored to lead the Network in its next phase, connecting with the community to create a more inclusive Winchester.” 

With degrees from Dartmouth College and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, Rebecca’s communications, team building, and marketing experience in the for-profit sector includes more than ten years at 3M Company in Minnesota and five years at Waltham-based Imprivata.

There is a strong collaboration between Rebecca and Shawn Macannuco, long-standing Operations Manager of the Network, and the Network will continue to educate, engage and activate community members in the movement towards social justice in Winchester and beyond. Rebecca can be reached at director@nfsj.org. The Network plans an additional welcome event and further introductions in the fall. 

OUR MISSION

To foster a movement for systemic change to advance equity and inclusion in the town of Winchester and beyond.

ISSUES WE SUPPORT

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

seeks to broaden acceptance for diversity and equity in Winchester by building a strong base of students and adults in an effort to generate a culture change towards inclusion. Learn More >

RESPONSE & ADVOCACY

facilitates confidential conversations and provides support for people who feel they have been targets of, or witnesses to, harassment, bullying, hate crimes, or discrimination. The Committee also conducts responsive advocacy designed to address institutional policies or practices that have resulted in discrimination or exclusion. Learn More >

COMMUNITY EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT

focuses on advancing dialogue and learning through annual NFSJ signature programs and trainings designed to build community capacity to advance racial and social justice work and facilitate ongoing conversations around difficult topics.  Learn More >

IMMIGRANT JUSTICE

advocates for policies to promote the safety and inclusion of all residents, workers, and visitors to Winchester. Learn More >

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S ADVOCACY

promotes critical analysis and understanding of historical representations and contemporary challenges facing Indigenous Peoples, including those who lived on the land now recognized as Winchester. IPAC also advocates with other grassroots groups for the rights of Indigenous Peoples at the town and state level. Learn More >

ONGOING AND RECENT EXPLORATIONS

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The Lived Experience Survey (LES) is a case report for occurrences of discriminatory, marginalizing, harassing, and exclusionary incidents. It is based on similar surveys and seeks to improve how the town of Winchester addresses such identity-based discriminatory behaviors. Click on the icon to take the LES

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HUMAN RIGHTS STATEMENT
Winchester is a community that is grounded in respect for every individual, and therefore protects all residents, employees, business owners, students and visitors in the enjoyment and exercise of human and civil rights. It is town policy to ensure equal treatment and opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, country of origin, immigration status, religion, ideology, socio-economic status, health, sexual orientation, age, military status, or disability.  
September 24 2009, updated August 6 2012 & May 18, 2020