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Excellus BCBS awards equity grants to local nonprofits (access required)

Seven local nonprofits will share more than $130,000 awarded by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as part of its 2021 Health Equity Awards. The awards represent more than $388,000 in financial support the nonprofit health insurer is providing to community programs that ...

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Scholarship fund will honor outgoing police chief (access required)

A scholarship fund to assist people of color pursue a career in law enforcement is being created by the Rochester Police Foundation to honor outgoing chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan. Proceeds from a farewell dinner for Sullivan on Nov. 18 will be ...

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PathStone to present event on devaluation of Black-owned homes (access required)

The PathStone Foundation will host its Provok!ng Thought event this year in a free, virtual format on Nov. 9 on the topic of “The American Dream and the Devaluation of Black Homes.” The keynote address will be made by Andre ...

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Proposed change to Pell Grant rules would benefit students with disabilities (access required)

Proposed legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Morelle (D-Irondequoit) would provide Pell Grant flexibility for students with disabilities and eliminate what proponents see as barriers to earning a collegiate degree. Pell Grant funding is the largest pool of financial resources available ...

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Addressing racial disparities in health care a primary goal in education (access required)

Understanding and addressing racial disparities in health care is a key part of the curriculum at area schools as educators look to increase awareness of the issue and help prepare a workforce equipped to care for a diverse community. 

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Urban League of Rochester to operate new SBA Women’s Business Center (access required)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a Women’s Business Center (WBC) here that will be operated by the Urban League of Rochester, N.Y. Inc. (ULR). The new center will carry out the mission of helping women-owned small businesses throughout ...

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Monroe County recognized for hiring individuals with disabilities (access required)

Monroe County has been applauded for its efforts to employ individuals living with a disability. The New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) awarded the county the Local Government Customer of the Year award earlier this week. Monroe ...

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Effective DEI education requires hard work, heart work (access required)

Over the past few years, publicized instances of discrimination in America have become an unfortunate, recurring theme in the news cycle and amongst communities, and it’s clear that there is no longer a way to fully protect adolescents from the realities of racial tensions, nor should we strive to.

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Becoming a force of change: Building a sustainable DEI strategy (access required)

The Monroe County Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) was implemented in March 2021. The department was developed by County Executive Adam Bello to drive his commitment and vision of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and community per his 2020 Transition ...

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DEI critical at all levels of an organization for optimal performance (access required)

At ESL Federal Credit Union, having diversity in every level of the organization is important to  serve every community in the greater Rochester area, whether it is people who are underserved by financial institutions and “underbanked,” or people who are high-net ...

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