Field Education Sites

Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO)

89 South St., #700
Lincoln Plaza
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 742-5165
Fax: (617) 227-5270
Web address:

Contact Person(s):

Mr. Kevin Whalen

Organization Description:

Formed in 1999, CSIO supports and helps develop the work of individuals, groups, organizations and communities dedicated to organizing immigrants around the issues that affect their lives. Our goal is to help immigrants in the forefront of community and workplace struggles to develop their power and leadership not only to succeed in their immediate context, but also to contribute to the broader effort to build a more just and democratic society.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

  • Help do outreach for the initiatives
  • Help do logistics for activities
  • Take notes at planning meetings and convenings
  • Help lead pieces of activities when capable
  • Help develop and update web-site with current information on activities
  • Do media and public relations work for initiatives and CSIO
  • Participate in program planning meetings and CSIO staff meetings where possible
  • Help do research around the initiatives, including pursuing potential funding sources.

C.S.I.O. Initiatives in which students can take leadership:

  1. The Grassroots Leadership Institute: CSIO provides a 5-session leadership curriculum for immigrant organizers, activists and directors that focuses on the "how to's" of developing immigrant leadership in social change efforts. Sessions include political education, facilitation, membership development, organizational planning and campaign development.
  2. The Grassroots Leadership Network: CSIO facilitates quarterly network meetings for graduates of previous Institutes. Network activities offer the opportunity for grads to maintain relationships with others doing the work across communities, dig deeper to uncover the roots of social injustice, and develop strategies that link the work of the respective groups into a more unified movement.
  3. Network of Immigrants and African Americans in Solidarity (NIAAS), which is a community-based project led by organizers and activists of color that builds solidarity among African Americans and immigrants of color. NIAAS facilitates dialogues, relationship-building and educational activities, and develops tools and processes that can be replicated in the field to break down mis-understandings and other barriers among these communities.
  4. Immigrant Youth Leadership Development and Solidarity Initiative: CSIO will plan for the development of a project that we hope to implement in 2013-14. The goal is to form a team of immigrant youth leaders (high school and college aged) who will be trained, supported and able to deliver workshops to high schools, congregations and community groups on U.S. immigration history and the migration histories of the countries of the youth participants.

Commute/Transportation Information:

CSIO is located a block from South Station, a stop on the MBTA red-line.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development


Students will be supervised by Kevin Whalen of Center to Support Immigrant Organizing. CSIO will hold weekly supervision meetings with students. Students will reflect on the strategies and goals of immigrant leadership, capacity building and solidarity.

Additional Information:

Number of Students: 1

Total Compensation: $4000.00

Type of Compensation: work study

Additional Notes: Bi-cultural/bi-lingual students from Latino, Haitian, Brazilian or Chinese communities and students from African American communities are particularly desired, as most of our leadership development work is conducted with these communities.

Students should call Field Education supervisor Kevin Whalen at CSIO at 617-742-5165 or send an e-mail to for more information and to schedule an interview. CSIO is located at 89 South Street, #700, Boston, MA 02111 (one block from South Station).

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