Pretrial Justice Institute
200 East Pratt Street, Suite 4100
Baltimore, MD 21202

(667) 281-9141

Partner Course

Introduction to Effective Community Engagement

Learn how to build trust, lead with your values, and partner with community to drive equitable pretrial change.


PLEASE NOTE: This course has been postponed. If you’d like to be contacted when the new dates are announced, please email

PJI is excited to be partnering with Carolyne Miller Abdullah, Gwendolyn Whiting and Gwen Wright—all highly esteemed leaders in collective decision making and democracy building—to lead this course!

Over the course of two days, you'll learn what effective community engagement is, why it matters, and how it can be transformative in driving equitable pretrial system change.

Together, we'll explore the value of centering all voices; wrestle with the historical impact on community culture; and engage in skills-building activities to give you the tools and confidence to put all these values-based strategies into practice.

Who should enroll?

  • Pretrial system actors
  • Community members and advocates
  • Representatives from nonprofits and other community-based organizations
  • Anyone else interested in using community engagement as part of a broader pretrial reform effort

What you’ll learn?

  • What authentic community engagement is—and why it matters
  • Ways to implement equitable practices in community engagement strategies
  • How to build trust, lead with your values, and partner with community to create sustainable system change!


Private Sector/Philathropy






About Our Pricing: PJI uses a tiered pricing structure to acknowledge differences in accessibility while reflecting the value and cost of our courses. We also offer a 20% discount for groups of 5 or more. To register your group, contact us at

Available Dates

March 27 & 28 @ 12-3PM ET (POSTPONED)

Course Full

Helpful Tip

We want to hear from you—and see you! Plan to join with your camera on to get the most out of your experience.


Carolyne Miller Abdullah

Carolyne Miller Abdullah

Co-Founder and Partner, CG&G Consulting

Affectionately known as “C”, Carolyne brings over 20 years of experience working with a variety of informal and formal leaders from all backgrounds and sectors. She specializes her interest in the areas of community building, group process work, democracy building, racial equity, strategic planning, and visioning. Working with neighborhood associations, law enforcement, school districts, governmental entities, and nonprofits, she provides coaching, tools, and resources to support groups in connecting their mission with community goals and aspirations. She has held positions in the federal sector and the larger nonprofit arena. She holds degrees (BA, MA) in political science, public administration (MPA) and is ABD in political science (public policy).
Gwen Poindexter Whiting

Gwen Poindexter Whiting

Co-Founder and Partner, CG&G Consulting

Seasoned leadership consultant with over two decades of experience in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in a range of sectors. Excel at shaping executive strategies and driving community engagement initiatives across non-profit, educational, and governmental environments, both domestically and internationally. Expert in transforming potential conflicts into opportunities for growth and unity. Skilled in fostering relationships with key stakeholders and potential contractors for achieving organizational goals. Recognized for excellent communication skills and dedication to continuous learning. She holds a BS in Education, MPA in Public Administration and is ABD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Gwen Wright

Gwen Wright

Co-Founder and Partner, CG&G Consulting

Gwen Wright offers extensive support to community and organizational leaders, local and state governments; and other groups to develop and implement systems and processes for more effective engagement in collective decision-making. This includes improving communication between government and community residents; strengthening public and private programs; assessing race and social justice initiatives; developing and shaping non-profit agendas; creating reform initiatives; and conducting research. She obtained her BA in Public Administration from Shaw University, Raleigh, NC and an MA in Public Administration from Baruch College, CUNY, NY.