The Nucleus

What is the Nucleus?

The nucleus is a core organizing group of 6-9 people who coordinate the work of Lost River Racial Justice.

Nucleus members help to uphold Lost River’s Shared Values and accountability structure, as well as coordinating communication and resources between LRRJ projects and sub-groups.

The nucleus meets monthly and meetings last two hours. Nucleus members are expected to attend most meetings, and to be a point person for one or more projects or Working Groups. Nucleus members serve for 1-3 years minimum, and may take a 3-month sabbatical from nucleus responsibilities as often as once a year. Additionally we hold a Leadership Retreat each year to help us think critically and intentionally about our work.

The nucleus is open to folks of all ages and strives to be accessible to all people. We plan nucleus meeting times and format/locations in consultation with interested members to make sure everyone’s accessibility needs are met. The nucleus will actively provide skill-building support for members.

Nucleus Members

As of February 2022 the current members of the Nucleus are:

  • Anne Louise Wagner (Brattleboro)
  • Brittany Dunn (Brattleboro)
  • Claire Halverson (Dummerston)
  • Gail Haines (Putney)
  • Izzy Snyder (Guilford)
  • Robin Morgan (Brattleboro)

Joining Process


The joining process is as follows:

  1. Current Nucleus members identify and invite potential new members who have participated in a LRRJ study group and/or a working group for at least 3 months.
  2. Potential new members demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of our guiding principles.
  3. Potential new members attend a nucleus meeting as an observer.
  4. The existing nucleus will confirm the invitation to new members after this meeting.
  5. New nucleus members will be paired with a buddy who is an existing nucleus member for their first year.


The Lost River Nucleus from our January, 2020 Retreat.
The Lost River Nucleus from our January, 2020 Retreat.