Monterey Bay Region Equity Resources
Open Letter on Race Equity from MBEP Leadership
Dear MBEP Members, Partners, and Supporters,
After the series of events that recently occurred in our country, I was dismayed and heartbroken and struggled to put into words a message to the university community that I lead that would be an adequate response. The callous disregard for the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor is just the latest in a long list of murders that are rooted in racial injustice. As our cities across the region and beyond experienced justified protests, as well as unfortunate rioting and chaos, I knew we must face this inescapable moment in time amidst the compounded crises of COVID-19 and the economic downturn. Click here to read the full letter.
Member Mixer Summer Series
We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our virtual Member Mixers. The most recent mixer looked at racial inequality impacts on our region’s Latinx residents, especially those essential workers that put food on our table.
Dr. Carissa Purnell, Director of the Alisal Family Resource Center, facilitated a discussion about how race can be the biggest “underlying condition” as it relates to contracting and dying from COVID-19. As an educator, Dr. Purnell focuses on developing youth in underrepresented communities to find a voice, professional pathway, and establish their place at institutions of higher education. She is also part of the core team that is leading our Regions Rise Together initiative that is developing a comprehensive inclusive economic development plan for the Salinas Valley. Last week we learned that the James Irvine Foundation has committed to funding this important work. Click on the image below to view Carissa’s slides from the mixer.
Regions Rise Together – Salinas
MBEP is embarking on inclusive economic development work in conjunction with several grass-roots leaders in Salinas, and with the support of the James Irvine Foundation. Our “Regions Rise Together” team is putting racial equity at the center of this work. In conjunction with CA Forward MBEP is spearheading this project that has the potential to unlock current barriers to inclusive development by addressing their root causes. Stay tuned for more updates.