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Urban League trains businesses to combat institutional racism

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — INTERRUPT RACISM, a program through the Urban League of Rochester, is an anti-racism training program for local businesses that want to create an equitable work environment, by identifying policies or behaviors that may be hindering diversity.

“We are truly working with organizations to help them understand how inequities creep into their system,” said Dr. Candice Lucas, Senior VP for Equity and Advocacy at the Urban League of Rochester, “even if they don’t think it’s happening.”

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It’s a 12-month program and they launched 2024 with 15 organizations— 100 people. While in the program, participants conduct an assessment, looking at policies, recruitment and retention methods, and more, to see how the community views them.

“We’ve had organizations in the past that after doing the assessment they really are able to look at their organization and say ‘you know what we are not diverse enough,'” said Lucas

Dr. Lucas tells News 8, programs like INTERRUPT RACISM are important for getting rid of racism in our community.

“We saw in our own community how inequities exist.,” she said, “it was glaring to us in 2020 at the heart of the Covid crisis. It also showed its face when we had the murder of George Floyd and in our own community, the death of Daniel Prude.”

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While in the program, organizations are asked to create a change team— up to 10 people from various levels including front-line staff through to executives, for a blend of experiences.

“We want Monroe County to be equitable,” Lucas said, “we want it to be anti-racist. We want any one of our citizens to be able to thrive in our community.”

Lucas says, one of the organizations that completed the program went from five percent diversity in staff to 25 percent after completing the course. To learn more, you can go to the Urban League of Rochester’s website.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — INTERRUPT RACISM, a program through the Urban League of Rochester, is an anti-racism training program for local businesses that want to create an equitable work environment, by identifying policies or behaviors that may be hindering diversity.

“We are truly working with organizations to help them understand how inequities creep into their system,” said Dr. Candice Lucas, Senior VP for Equity and Advocacy at the Urban League of Rochester, “even if they don’t think it’s happening.”
Rochester Public Market taking proposals for new build on the Union St. side
It’s a 12-month program and they launched 2024 with 15 organizations— 100 people. While in the program, participants conduct an assessment, looking at policies, recruitment and retention methods, and more, to see how the community views them.

“We’ve had organizations in the past that after doing the assessment they really are able to look at their organization and say ‘you know what we are not diverse enough,'” said Lucas

Dr. Lucas tells News 8, programs like INTERRUPT RACISM are important for getting rid of racism in our community.

“We saw in our own community how inequities exist.,” she said, “it was glaring to us in 2020 at the heart of the Covid crisis. It also showed its face when we had the murder of George Floyd and in our own community, the death of Daniel Prude.”
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While in the program, organizations are asked to create a change team— up to 10 people from various levels including front-line staff through to executives, for a blend of experiences.

“We want Monroe County to be equitable,” Lucas said, “we want it to be anti-racist. We want any one of our citizens to be able to thrive in our community.”

Lucas says, one of the organizations that completed the program went from five percent diversity in staff to 25 percent after completing the course. To learn more, you can go to the Urban League of Rochester’s website. Read More CommunityRochesterFirst  

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