The Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council is charged with reviewing grant proposals and making funding recommendations as well as identifying gaps and opportunities to create a more equitable and economically inclusive Central New York for the Black community.

Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling, CEPF®, M.P.A.

Executive Director, Upstate Minority Economic Alliance and Serial Entrepreneur
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JALYN CLIFFORD

Director of Human Resources, Syracuse Housing Authority

Cal Corriders

Manager of Neighborhood Economic Development, CenterState CEO
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BISHOP RONALD B. DEWBERRY

Senior Pastor and Founder, New Life Temple of Praise; CEO, Center of Hope International, Inc.

Lekia K. Hill

President & CEO of Lekia Tech LLC and Founder of Powerful Voices
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TANISHA JACKSON, PH.D.

Executive Director, Community Folk Art Center; Professor, Syracuse University College of Arts & Sciences
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LATOYA JONES

Regional Healthcare Organizer, Healthcare Education Project

NAQUIA (KIA) LACEY MSN, RN-BC

Clinical Training Specialist, Joslin Diabetes Center, SUNY Upstate Medical Center

MARK MUHAMMAD

Syracuse Representative, Nation of Islam; Citizen Diplomat, O.U.R. L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. Collective

Black Equity & Excellence Stories

A Message Regarding the Racially Motivated Shooting in Buffalo
News Releases May 16, 2022

A Message Regarding the Racially Motivated Shooting in Buffalo

We all deserve to be able to go about our daily lives feeling safe from ...

Blogs May 8, 2022

Reflections: Supporting Businesses to Achieve Equity

Learn why we are striving to partner with more minority and/or women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) ...

Who Want Smoke BBQ staff and students
Blogs May 6, 2022

Who Want Smoke BBQ

For Tamica Barnett, barbecues have the potential to uplift communities while creating a newfound sense ...

Blogs April 9, 2022

Reflections: LeadSafeCNY and the Role of Equity

Darrell Buckingham, program officer, explains how ending childhood lead poisoning also addresses racial equity.

Black Media Mogul Maker attendant
Stories April 5, 2022

Excellence in Action: Black Media Mogul Maker

Central New York is bursting with creativity; Black Media Mogul Maker seeks to amplify its ...

Blogs March 5, 2022

Reflections: Promoting Equity through Sustainable Responsible Impact Investing

Pragya Murphy, development officer, introduces our new SRI investment pool, which includes DEI values.

Blogs February 12, 2022

Reflections: Achieving Racial Equity in Education

Ahmeed Turner, executive director, Say Yes Syracuse, explains how the scholarship program helps break down ...

Stories February 2, 2022

Making Black History | LaToya Jones

NyShaun’s passion pours into my healthcare advocate vocation at all levels.

A Message Regarding the Racially Motivated Shooting in Buffalo
News Releases May 16, 2022

A Message Regarding the Racially Motivated Shooting in Buffalo

We all deserve to be able to go about our daily lives feeling safe from ...

Blogs May 8, 2022

Reflections: Supporting Businesses to Achieve Equity

Learn why we are striving to partner with more minority and/or women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) ...

Who Want Smoke BBQ staff and students
Blogs May 6, 2022

Who Want Smoke BBQ

For Tamica Barnett, barbecues have the potential to uplift communities while creating a newfound sense ...

Blogs April 9, 2022

Reflections: LeadSafeCNY and the Role of Equity

Darrell Buckingham, program officer, explains how ending childhood lead poisoning also addresses racial equity.

Black Media Mogul Maker attendant
Stories April 5, 2022

Excellence in Action: Black Media Mogul Maker

Central New York is bursting with creativity; Black Media Mogul Maker seeks to amplify its ...

Blogs March 5, 2022

Reflections: Promoting Equity through Sustainable Responsible Impact Investing

Pragya Murphy, development officer, introduces our new SRI investment pool, which includes DEI values.

Blogs February 12, 2022

Reflections: Achieving Racial Equity in Education

Ahmeed Turner, executive director, Say Yes Syracuse, explains how the scholarship program helps break down ...

Stories February 2, 2022

Making Black History | LaToya Jones

NyShaun’s passion pours into my healthcare advocate vocation at all levels.

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