Directory of Racial Justice Engagement Opportunities Available
This Directory of Racial Justice Engagement Opportunities was released in conjunction with YWCA's Person2Person graduation ceremony and is intended to be a living document that focuses on ways to become involved in ongoing racial justice education and advocacy efforts in our community.
YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County has completed the inaugural year of its Person2Person initiative, which provides an experience for people of different races and ethnicities to come together in ways that are engaging, enlightening, energizing, and, ultimately, sustainable.
State of Black Rochester
In an effort to better understand the racial and ethnic disparities in our community, the African American Giving Initiative of Rochester Area Community Foundation commissioned a book to provide that overview. The State of Black Rochester 2013: Education + Employment = Equity, a 140 page paperback, is a compilation of essays from prominent community leaders and experts and includes data compiled by ACT Rochester. Proceeds support the Giving Initiative’s future grants in the community.
Rochester’s Racial Equity Initiative
From education to politics, poverty to health, race affects all areas of our community. Facing Race, Embracing Equity – Rochester’s Racial Equity Initiative – launched in January 2013 to explore issues and foster conversation and cooperation around racial inequities in Rochester and the surrounding communities. This initiative was formed in conjunction with the Rochester Museum & Science Center exhibit RACE: Are we so Different? which was on display from January-April 2013. Click here to view a progress report released in 2015.
Stand Against Racism
The YWCA Stand Against Racism is an annual community-wide event to build awareness about racism. In 2012, Rochester had the highest participation in the nation with 170 organizations participating in this awareness campaign.
African American Giving Initiative
Established in 2011, this Community Foundation initiative is focused on creating an endowment fund with broad community support and to provide grantmaking for needs that are specific to the African American community in the greater Rochester region. Members are committed to making a positive change in problem areas experienced most strongly within the African American community. The Initiative supported the compilation of a "State of Black Rochester" book that identifies persistent disparities in the community.
The Democrat & Chronicle has launched Unite Rochester in order to further the community conversation about race in Rochester. It includes a published series of special reports about race and racism, ongoing blog postings from staff and community, social media presence to encourage community-wide participation, and book reviews written by local experts available for comment. In 2012 a poll of Monroe County residents was conducted about racial opinions.
Conversations on Race
Presented by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, this group discussion program aims to raise awareness about the impact of race in our everyday lives. It builds upon the YWCA’s National Stand Against Racism and Facing Race, Embracing Equity: Rochester’s Racial Equity Initiative.
Racial/Ethnic Disparities Report
ACT Rochester developed a Racial/Ethnic Disparities Report that demonstrates disparities existing from birth through adulthood that is kept evergreen with the most recent information available. This data has been highlighted throughout the YWCA Stand Against Racism campaigns, Conversations on Race in partnership with the Rochester Public Library, and Facing Race, Embracing Equity efforts dedicated to engaging the community in dialogues around racial disparities.
Hispanic/Latino Community Profile
A profile of the Hispanic/Latino Community in Monroe County was released in 2013 by Ibero American Action League. The report was prepared by Center for Governmental Research with significant funding support from the Community Foundation.
Banner photo provided by Morgan Martins, RIT Office of Diversity and Inclusion