REJI is a community-wide initiative, lead by St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center in Rochester, NY, that seeks to address racism by focusing on organizational change at the individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural levels and building community capacity for racial equity. The organizations involved utilize a "collective impact" model as a structured way to achieve social change.
In 2016, CCSI joined more than 40 other organizations in the Greater Rochester area in a commitment to scrutinizing our internal policies, procedures, and practices with a commitment to finding ways to address and dismantle structural racism.
The CCSI change team has facilitated various conversations on race and provided learning opportunities to our workforce such as:
- Discussions on the social construct of racism based on the Seeing White podcast series by Duke University
- Monthly lunch and learn series with guest speakers focused on Indigenous people, Black history and the criminal system, the culture of food in Hispanic/Latino heritage, and many others
- Book discussions based on various readings with the most recent being How to be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram Kendi
- Shared an internal resource library with books, articles, documentaries, and podcasts with our workforce for individual learning