Commerce promotion and community building
Through economic incentives, advertisement, targeted recruitment and more, devise and support plans to increase the number of Black residents and businesses in San Francisco.
Relevant research, data collection and evaluation
Conduct relevant research on best practices, develop and maintain a database of information which monitors and tracks progress, and conduct or coordinate relevant program evaluations across sectors – all with the aim of restoring a vibrant Black community in San Francisco. Report progress.
Policy development and service intervention
Develop and advocate for public and private policies and service interventions designed to redress and eliminate racial disparities in housing, education, job, criminal justice and health which led to the decline of the Black population in San Francisco; develop and promote policies designed to attract diverse Black talent into the City.
Focused and coordinated community engagement
Through surveys, focus groups, dialogue, research, education and more, convene and engage relevant sectors of the City in the quest to rebuild, support and sustain a vibrant Black community in San Francisco.
Community-based participatory research reveals five key sectors that need attention in order to improve the lives of African Americans in San Francisco: housing, jobs, education, health and criminal justice. The Institute will first focus on the three interrelated sectors of housing, jobs and education.
These three key/core factors are interrelated. Strength or weakness in any one impacts the others. Education may be the super-power element of the three, but racial prejudice in jobs and housing has long term economic and wealth impacts that can feed back into educational opportunity.
Why do it?
All of this exists within a historical, moral, and spiritual context in which it is given meaning. The moral and spiritual energizes actions.
Ecosystem thinking underscores the necessity of understanding and linking related parts in order to produce a sustainable whole. In other words, we must engage the business, civic, political and social components of the entire community across the historic and current realities impacting such sectors as housing, jobs, education and more. Wisdom says: “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
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