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.

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JALYN CLIFFORD

Director of Human Resources, Syracuse Housing Authority
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BISHOP RONALD B. DEWBERRY

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

SERENA (RAHZIE) SEALS

Founder & President, BlackCuse Pride

Black Equity & Excellence Stories

Graphic image of faces for Black Equity & Excellence Fund
News Releases July 27, 2021

Policy Paper Released: The Social & Economic Impacts of Supporting Black-Led Organizations

A policy paper outlines our rationale for investing intentionally and publicly in the support and ...

Stories June 28, 2021

THE MOST Empowers Black Youth to Explore STEM Careers Through New After-School Mentorship Program

We provided The MOST with $17,250 to launch Future Innovators, an after-school program that brings ...

Collage of Community Leaders
Topics April 26, 2021

Community Voices: Looking Forward After the Derek Chauvin Verdict

This is not a time to celebrate, but to collaborate. We asked local leaders where ...

CNY Community Foundation Statement on Persistent Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence
News Releases March 22, 2021

CNY Community Foundation Statement on Persistent Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence

Our country is experiencing an increase in violent, hateful, and deeply alarming acts against the ...

Stories February 17, 2021

From Black History to Black Renaissance: Two Syracuse Black-led Organizations Share Their Stories of Triumph and Struggle

For Black History Month, we chose to highlight two of our Black Equity & Excellence ...

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of Our Journey
News Releases January 12, 2021

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of our Journey

We believe that addressing structural racism and racial disparities is the first essential step towards ...

Martin Luther King Junior March on Washington
Stories January 7, 2021

Support Black Nonprofits On 8/28 Give Day

The Young, Black, and Giving Back Institute established this day to elevate Black nonprofits that ...

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Stories December 15, 2020

More than $250,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

The Community Foundation recently awarded a second round of grants from its new Black Equity & ...

Advisory council member headshots collage
News Releases November 9, 2020

Community Foundation Announces Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council

The Central New York Community Foundation has launched a new Advisory Council for its racial ...

Graphic image of faces for Black Equity & Excellence Fund
News Releases July 27, 2021

Policy Paper Released: The Social & Economic Impacts of Supporting Black-Led Organizations

A policy paper outlines our rationale for investing intentionally and publicly in the support and ...

Stories June 28, 2021

THE MOST Empowers Black Youth to Explore STEM Careers Through New After-School Mentorship Program

We provided The MOST with $17,250 to launch Future Innovators, an after-school program that brings ...

Collage of Community Leaders
Topics April 26, 2021

Community Voices: Looking Forward After the Derek Chauvin Verdict

This is not a time to celebrate, but to collaborate. We asked local leaders where ...

CNY Community Foundation Statement on Persistent Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence
News Releases March 22, 2021

CNY Community Foundation Statement on Persistent Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence

Our country is experiencing an increase in violent, hateful, and deeply alarming acts against the ...

Stories February 17, 2021

From Black History to Black Renaissance: Two Syracuse Black-led Organizations Share Their Stories of Triumph and Struggle

For Black History Month, we chose to highlight two of our Black Equity & Excellence ...

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of Our Journey
News Releases January 12, 2021

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of our Journey

We believe that addressing structural racism and racial disparities is the first essential step towards ...

Martin Luther King Junior March on Washington
Stories January 7, 2021

Support Black Nonprofits On 8/28 Give Day

The Young, Black, and Giving Back Institute established this day to elevate Black nonprofits that ...

A woman smiles and speaks to a crowd
Stories December 15, 2020

More than $250,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

The Community Foundation recently awarded a second round of grants from its new Black Equity & ...

Advisory council member headshots collage
News Releases November 9, 2020

Community Foundation Announces Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council

The Central New York Community Foundation has launched a new Advisory Council for its racial ...

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