WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced partnerships with more than 20 organizations to support their Social Justice Policy Fellows and the establishment of social justice scholarships for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Created in response to the historically unleveled playing field for minorities, and the recent protests and police killings of unarmed African Americans, these programs will advance racial equity and human rights in research, data, analysis, and public policy related to criminal justice reform via the newly formed National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice (NREI).
Dow and Target lead with contributions to fellowships, endowed scholarships and general support of the initiative. Additional funding for this program is provided by: Capital One, Amgen, 3M, Casey Family Programs, the Kapor Center, Mary Kay, Ford Motor Company, the Real Networks Foundation, BBVA, CVS/Caremark, DLA Piper, Corteva Agriscience, Dropbox and the Tractor Supply Company.
“Our NREI partners have demonstrated an impressive dedication to fostering the latest implementation of our mission to advance the global Black community. Their contributions will be used to directly support fellowships, scholarships, and research that will address systematic inequalities and racial equity in America,” said CBCF President and CEO Tonya Veasey.
Housed in CBCF’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research, NREI social justice fellows began work this fall and racial equity initiatives will continue into 2021 and beyond. This work is foundational in implementing key initiatives to support social reforms and education needed to advance the global Black community.
According to The Sentencing Project, people of color make up 37 percent of the U.S. population, but 67 percent of the prison population. CBCF’s NREI racial equity framework has an evidence-based approach to developing solutions-driven policies targeted to reduce racial disparities evoked by racism and discrimination.
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About the CBCF
Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit cbcfinc.org.
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Dr. Erica Southerland