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Know Your Community


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In 2007 the Census Department reported that 300 counties in the country had become majorities of color. By the year 2040 the majority of the country will be non white. In some states like California, Latinos will be the outright majority. What are the opportunities and challenges this rapid demographic change present to strengthening of our democracy and ensuring shared economic prosperity? Led by PolicyLink Associate Director Rubén Lizardo this workshop gave BootCamp participants the opportunity share and discuss strategies for community building and leadership in neighborhoods and cities that are experiencing rapid demographic change.

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Know Your Community

  1. 1. Know Your Community: Tools for Harnessing Diversity in America’s Changing Communities Rubén Lizardo, Associate Director PolicyLink Craigslist Boot Camp Berkeley, California August 14, 2010
  2. 2. Mission & Work <ul><li>PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works ® </li></ul>
  3. 3. Today’s Discussion--Seizing the Historical Moment <ul><li>The Imperative- -Convergence of Economic, Social, and Climate Crisis in US and the World </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to Harness our Diversity as an Asset to address the Equity & Sustainability Challenges to our Survival and Success </li></ul><ul><li>Tools /Resources/Learning/Innovation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity and Equity Vision & Values—See/Feel the Stakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Leadership Models Emphasize Inclusion, Inter-Dependence, & Shared Prosperity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools, and Resources to Access Data </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Promise & Challenge of “Post Racial America”
  5. 5. We are Challenged to Dig Deeper on Diversity and Equity
  6. 6. You Must Be the Change You Wish to See in the World…
  7. 7. <ul><li>Low commercial activity </li></ul><ul><li>Few services </li></ul><ul><li>Unsafe/Limited parks </li></ul><ul><li>Poor performing schools </li></ul><ul><li>Increased pollution and toxic waste sites </li></ul><ul><li>Limited public transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of jobs </li></ul><ul><li>High unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Strong commercial activity </li></ul><ul><li>Access to services </li></ul><ul><li>Parks and safe public spaces </li></ul><ul><li>High-performing schools </li></ul><ul><li>Non-predatory financial institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Good public transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Employment and entrepreneurship </li></ul>Embedding Diversity & Equity Values in Our Work Low- Income Communities Communities of Opportunity Concentrated Poverty Healthy Communities Moving From Poverty to Opportunity: Creating Healthy Communities of Opportunity
  8. 8. Equitable Development Principles <ul><li>Integrate People and Place Based Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure Meaningful Resident/Community Participation, Leadership and Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce Local and Regional Disparities </li></ul><ul><li>Double & Triple Bottom Line Investments & Returns </li></ul>
  9. 9. Deeper Look at California’s Crisis of Under-Education
  10. 10. Deeper Look at California’s Under-Education Crisis
  11. 11. Resources for Building Inclusive & Equitable Schools and Colleges <ul><li>Data: </li></ul><ul><li>Ed Trust West Raising the Roof Data Tools-- </li></ul><ul><li>CA Department of Education Data Tools-- </li></ul><ul><li>Community Engagement: </li></ul><ul><li>Californians for Justice’s Campaign for Quality Education-- </li></ul><ul><li>Connect-Ed’s Linked Learning Alliance-- </li></ul>
  12. 12. Building an Inclusive and Equitable Health Care System <ul><li>Data: </li></ul><ul><li>Institute of Medicine-- </li></ul><ul><li>California Pan Ethnic Health Network-- </li></ul><ul><li>Community Engagement: </li></ul><ul><li>PolicyLink Center for Health & Place-- </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership for the Public’s Health-- </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resources for Inclusive and Equitable Community Building <ul><li>Data & Analysis: </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Research Center-- </li></ul><ul><li>Kirwan Institute-- </li></ul><ul><li>Community Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Community Builders’ Toolkit for Building Healthy, Productive Multi-Racial Communities-- </li></ul>
  14. 14. Gathering Demographic Data <ul><li>Demographics: </li></ul><ul><li>People & Households Section of the US Census Bureau-- </li></ul><ul><li>CA Department of Finance Demographic Research Unit-- </li></ul><ul><li>Issues: </li></ul><ul><li>United Way of Los Angeles Social Reports- - </li></ul><ul><li>Universities--UC Berkeley School of Law-- </li></ul>
  15. 15. Contact Information Rubén Lizardo, Associate Director [email_address]