VIDEO: Building Equity Starts at the Community Level

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Although the Salinas region is an example of an area that faced challenges before the pandemic, like high poverty rates coupled with a low percentage of college degree holders, local community groups are working together with CA FWD to reverse that trend.

The “Salinas Regions Rise Together” panel at the 2020 California Economic Summit was moderated by Sankofa Consulting Founder and Director Dr. Elvis Fraser and included Alfred Diaz-Infante, president and CEO of Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association, Dr. Carissa Purnell, director of Alisal Family Resource Centers and Jackie Cruz, vice president of advancement and development at Hartnell College.

“Through collaborative movements like Regions Rise Together, we can now be deliberate in combatting the historic disinvestment our community has faced,” said Dr. Purnell. “We now have the opportunity to change.”

Check out the highlight video above from this session at the Summit and donate today to support our Equitable Economies Project, which builds on the idea that the community level should be embraced and empowered as decision-makers from the outset.