Director's Log: Star Date 476834.44

It’s been a while since I’ve written an entry in the director’s log. I feel the last enewsletter of the year is a perfect opportunity to get out my digital pen and share. Forgive me if this is a little long.

There are many episodes of the various series of Star Trek that deal with time. Whether traveling back in time, parallel universes, or traveling into the future. Here lately, I feel as if I’ve I’ve been caught up in inspirational time travel on this journey with ACF.

A couple of weekends ago, I was sitting in one of the rocking chairs up at the Highlander Research and Education Center facilitating our Out in the South Central Appalachia regional gathering. During one of the check-in sessions, the youngest participant, who identifies as gender neutral, said they were glad to finally be in a space surrounded by others who shared their nature. I was moved to tears. I was inspired by the fact our Out in the South project was creating that space, not only for them, but for each of the 30 plus participants who attended.

We are in the second year of our Out in the South Central Appalachia Project. We continue to convene and identify the issues and needs of our region’s LGBTQ community.  This project is a tool not only for organizing, but also for strengthening and creating a strong sense of community and lessening the feeling of isolation so many folks in the LGBTQ community feel. In addition, we will establish giving circles to raise money to address the needs identified by the project.  I’m inspired by the enthusiasm and energy of the participants.

Last week, I was in my old office, listening to staff talk about what needs to be packed and making arrangements for getting the phone and internet service turned on. We are still waiting on phones to be connected but we are all moved in to our new location!  As soon as we get settled, we plan on having an open house. We hope you can join us.

Weekend before last, our board met in our new space. We also hosted a well-attended Meet and Greet event that Saturday evening. The board got a lot of work done, including electing several new board members. The most exciting part of the meeting was preparing a spending policy in preparation for 2018 grant making. I’m inspired by the fact that ACF will now be able to make an annual plan of grantmaking that doesn’t rely on an external entity for funding.

It’s hard to put into words how truly inspired I am at this moment for ACF and the region. There has been a lot going on in what seems to be a very short period of time. It’s been uber hectic. But we are looking forward to what will come from our Out in the South Project and other programs. We are looking forward to a new space and a new year. We are looking forward to grantmaking and being inspired by the successes of our grantees. We are inspired by the devoted service of our board.

Many of  you too have been inspired to make Central Appalachia a better, more just and equal place to live, by supporting the Appalachian Community Fund. We thank you and so do our grantees and those who participate in our programs.

This time last year, we were prepared to take a break from grantmaking from our general fund, but because folks gave so generously, we were able to award 30 organizations with grants through our 30th Anniversary $30,000 for 30 Years Special Technical Assistance Program. Y’all made that possible.

Here is a link of our 2017 grantees for you to see who benefited from previous gifts.

I really wanted to get this out to you last week. I’ve been traveling the galaxy a lot lately and with the move and everything else, my wants have become just that, wants.

However, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to say thank you all for being a constant source of inspiration! 

We hope you will include ACF in your giving plan  this year by making as generous of a gift as possible by December 31, 2017, or by clicking the donate now button.

Thank you for your continued commitment to making a difference in the region. We are looking forward to the new year, inspired by you and our grantees for all you do to continue to foster the spirit of Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia on this wonderful Journey to Justice.

Live Long and Prosper! Happy Holidays and Happy 2018!
Peace, love, and justice!

Margo Miller
Executive Director
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The winner of the East Tennessee PBS Be More Award for the month of December, 2017. 
Out in the South Central Appalachia

Out in the South: Central Appalachia kicks off Phase 2 with a Regional Gathering at the Highlander Research and Education Center. There were over 31 people in attendance from four states representing many organizations across the region! We had so much fun! We learned a lot! And we continue to build our network, learn from and encourage each other as we address the issues that face the LGBTQ community in Central Appalachia.

Regional News
Spread The Word. Send Your Thoughts. A New Collection Is Underway...
Collection of Personal Narratives
Spread the word. Send me your thoughts. A new collection is underway...
Seeking submissions for a collection of personal narratives that address and complicate Appalachian identities. Interested in voices that challenge and enrich simplistic valorizing or demonizing images of Appalachia. Contributors might range from scholars to poets to farmers to fiddlers—anyone who can add a voice to create a more full chorus—at times dissonant, at times harmonic. 
Possible entry points: 
• intersection of Appalachian identity with race, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation; 
• journeys in and out of Appalachia; 
• relationship to work/labor as informed by Appalachian identity; 
• relationship between Appalachian identity and education,
• impact of stereotyping and misrepresentation. 
Direct questions to Meredith McCarroll at 
Brief abstracts due August 1, 2017.
The Liberation School 
Mission to Heal Movement Building Culture   
Liberation School is a nine month program to nurture and sustain you as you step deeper into your healing and leading abilities. At Liberation School individuals are trained for a new era of changemaking without unhealthy cycles of burnout.

If you are a healer, a movement builder, an artist, a dreamer: 
Join exactly as you are right now for a nine month holistic leadership school.

Previous Liberatory Leadership Project participants described these experiences:

  • Out of place in current activists culture
  • Disconnected from how we are working for social and environmental change
  • Imposter syndrome, worried whether you’re equipped to make the change you seek
  • Overwhelmed by what you are called to do in the world
  • Frustrated by relationships and organizations that don’t “walk the talk”
  • Hungry for freedom, connection and celebration in your organizing, advocacy, educational or healing work
  • Humiliation from not being able to maintain a breakneck speed
  • A desire for healing from trauma and a better understanding of how trauma shows up in changemaking work
  • Surprise physical, emotional health symptoms after years in your field
A Safe, Sober And Inclusive Space For Youth In The Mountains 
Boone Youth Drop-In Center 
The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) at Appalshop is proud to announce the opening of the Boone Youth Drop-in Center at the Boone Building in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. Since opening their doors in October they have hosted numerous workshops, screenings, meetings and events which have reached upwards of 50 youth in their small community. Recent offerings have included a free weekly photography course, painting parties, arts workshops with local artists, a weekly film club, and more! The drop-in center is open to youth aged 14-25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with additional hours during weekend workshops and events. To learn more about upcoming events or to get involved, please visit the AMI online calendar and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
Visit AMI website
Kentucky Historical Society (KHS)

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is seeking applications for the KHS research fellowship program for the fall 2017 cycle. The program provides funding for senior and emerging scholars, including doctoral students, whose research requires the use of KHS collections and research resources – visit for more information on collections.

Fellowship residency at the KHS campus in Frankfort, Kentucky, ranges from one to four weeks. KHS is conveniently located in central Kentucky, within driving distance of numerous universities, archival repositories, and historic sites. Past fellows have included scholars from prestigious national and international institutions.

For application instructions and award requirements, visit to learn more. Fellowship applications must be submitted via email to by September 1, 2017.


 On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Knoxville Area Women in Black will present the 93-minute film "Al-Helm:  Martin Luther King, Jr. in Palestine" in the Square Room at Cafe 4, on Market Square, downtown Knoxvlile.

 "Al Helm" (Arabic for "The Dream) describes the experience of the Palestinian National Theater and a visiting African-American Gospel Choir as they join together to rehearse and perform a play about Martin Luther King, Jr., written by Stanford Professor and King Scholar, Clayborne Carson. The collaboration produces friction, culture shock, new friendships, and altered attitudes as the participants discover what the American Civil Rights Movement and Palestinian Liberation Movement have in common.



The Tennessee Coalition's16th Annual Conference

Shaping Communities:
Creating Connections Across Tennessee

April 8-10, 2018

Franklin, TN

The Coalition is seeking guest speakers! If you have expertise in one of these four areas – Rural Domestic/Sexual Violence, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), Mental Health & Organizational Wellness, or Coordinated Community Response (CCR) – please consider applying to speak at our 16th Annual Conference.

RFP Annual Conference 2018 Application:

Our movement to end domestic and sexual violence gets stronger each year because of the collective experience and wisdom that YOU bring to the table!

Please return completed applications to

Morgan Service,,

                                       no later than Friday, December 1, 2017.


Winter Solstice Celebration
Sunday, December 21, 7-9 p.m.

Narrow Ridge invites you to join us for our Winter Solstice Celebration led by Marcus Keyes. The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year and has been a time of celebration since ancient times as people have looked forward to longer days or "the return of the light." We will gather at Narrow Ridge's Strawbale Lodge at 7:00 p.m. Contributions of finger foods for the snack table are appreciated but not required. Signs will be posted to lead you to our Strawbale Lodge.

For more information call 865-497-3603 or email

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Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor - Global Systems Science Cluster.

Applications will be accepted online and can be accessed throught he link below.

Applicants must submit a formal cover letter addressing scholarship interests and qualifications, a brief statement describing the applicant’s interest in and experience working with diverse groups and underrepresented populations (submitted as “Other Doc”), brief statement of teaching philosophy/experience, brief statement of research interests/experience, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references who can assess the applicant’s qualifications for this position. Inquiries concerning the position or application process should be directed to Dr. Stephen Schoenholtz, search committee chair, at Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017.
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Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia

The Unitarian Universalist Association is accepting applications for the Spring 2018 Cycle of its Fund for UU Social Responsibility.

Part of the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program, the fund awards grant of up to $20,000 (average grant amount is $8,800) to UU organizations in the United, Canada, and Mexico for projects that increase the direct involvement of UUs in service, advocacy and/or community organizing efforts designed to create justice in the larger community; link Unitarian Universalists with the larger community; and foster a generosity of spirit and action.

Priority will be given to new programs and those at a point of significant growth. Additional preference is given to work focused on social and economic justice.

To be eligible, applicants must be a UU organization based in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico

See the UUA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Apply Here
Job Opportunities 
Appalachian Sustainable Development is hiring a part-time grant accountant. 

ASD is an equal opportunity employer. Benefits for the position will include pro-rated holiday, paid time off and health stipend. This is an exciting opportunity to join a great team! ASD’s mission is to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people to healthy food.

Our vision is that the health of all segments of the population in the region improves and that sustainable agriculture and land use are driving forces in the regional economy.

Please click below to get full details.

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Apply to be a Fellow
We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018 cohort of our Appalachian Just Transition Fellowship!

The deadline to submit an application for the 2018 cohort of the Appalachia Transition Fellowship is January 15, 2018.

If you have any questions, would like more information about how you can be involved in the 2018 cycle, or to express interest in having a conversation about becoming an AppFellow for the 2018 cohort, please email our team at

If you are committed to building a just and sustainable Appalachia, you can join a select group of emerging leaders from across the region in the Appalachian Transition Fellowship. The fellowship is a community partnership of innovative regional organizations, institutions, and other emerging leaders. The program is designed to be a full-time, 12-month program. 

The selection process is based on the following criteria:
•    Dedicated to the Central Appalachian Region 
•    Demonstrated creativity and innovation in their work or field of study
•    Serious about a career that will support the transition to a sustainable and equitable region
•    Interest in supporting economic development programs 
•    Strong collaboration, teamwork, and group decision-making skills
•    Commitment to working in rural areas 
•    Willingness to participate in year-long activities, including: seven skill workshops, four regional gatherings with host organizations, one-on-one and small group coaching

Application Components

1) Applicants complete an online application form.
2) Applicants mail to or to Highlander Center : 
                             (1) resume (no more than 2 pages)
                             (2) three letters of recommendation
                             (3) a signed commitment and responsibility declaration  
You can fill out and submit your application below.
Apply Here
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