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date: 02 July 2022

Coalitions and Coalition Buildinglocked

Coalitions and Coalition Buildinglocked

  • Jessica Greenawalt, Jessica GreenawaltThe Arthur Project
  • Jan Ivery, Jan IveryGeorgia State University
  • Terry MizrahiTerry MizrahiHunter College, City University of New York
  •  and Beth B. RosenthalBeth B. RosenthalCollaboration and Change, LLC


Coalitions are mechanisms to bring organizations and individuals together for collective efforts ranging from short-term crisis responses to longer-term problem-solving for social change. Coalitions create a specific type of collaboration that is dynamic and responsive to current events in the social, political, economic, and physical environments. In addition to addressing diverse issues, coalitions can be structured to position those most impacted by the issues to have greater influence in addressing them. This article frames an understanding of coalitions within the context of equity and power and suggests aligned language and approaches. Coalition-specific challenges and opportunities are presented to illustrate how coalition building is both a process and an outcome for developing equitable and inclusive practices in macro social work.


  • Macro Practice

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