Immigrants, Refugees, and San Diego’s Urban Communities

The San Diego region is at the epicenter of the immigration and refugee conversation. Many feel we are at a crossroads regarding how we interact with immigrants and refugees making San Diego home. What is life like here for these new San Diegans?  What do YOU, our public agencies, nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses – all of us – need to do together to ensure newcomers are integrated into our urban communities?

On June 16, 2017, the RISE Urban Breakfast Club will host a conversation on Immigrants, Refugees, and San Diego’s Urban Communities. The event will take place from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in Celebration Hall at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased via Eventbrite. Sign up for our Civic Engagement Initiatives mailing list to be among the first to receive news on upcoming RISE Urban Breakfast Club events.

Trump’s Budget and its Impact on San Diego’s Urban Communities

Update May 9, 2017:

Our RISE Urban Breakfast Club conversation on May 19 has been postponed and ticket purchases will be automatically refunded via Eventbrite. We thank you for your ongoing support of our breakfast dialogues and look forward to sharing details with you about our next event, which takes place on June 16 and will focus on immigrants and refugees.

We also encourage you to consider supporting the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on May 19, which is organized by our community partner The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Now in its ninth year, the event celebrates equality, justice, and the life of this civil rights activist and proceeds benefit The Center’s social services programs. Please visit their event page for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Urban communities across the nation rely on the federal government for funds that support many important initiatives, including workforce training, affordable housing, early childhood education, and environmental protection. What will President Trump’s 2018 budget priorities mean for San Diego’s urban communities?

On May 19, 2017, the RISE Urban Breakfast Club will host a conversation on Trump’s Budget and its Impact on San Diego’s Urban Communities. The event will take place from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Rolando Room.

Seating is limited and tickets are $25 per person; please RSVP by purchasing your ticket today. Sign up for our Civic Engagement Initiatives mailing list to be among the first to receive news on upcoming RISE Urban Breakfast Club events.

Human Trafficking: A Form of Modern-Day Slavery

The next conversation in our Inclusive Leadership Breakfast Series will focus on Human Trafficking. It takes place on Friday, April 21 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall in southeastern San Diego.

The scourge of human trafficking is a silent crisis in San Diego’s urban communities. What is being done locally to address this issue? What can YOU do to help? Join us for this important conversation to hear answers to these questions and more.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person. Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket today. And Join our Civic Engagement Initiatives mailing list to be among the first to receive news on upcoming breakfast events.

Special thanks to our RISE Urban Breakfast Club Presenting Sponsor, San Diego Gas & Electric, and to this month’s Topic Sponsor, Rancho Guejito.

RISE San Diego Hosts Leadership Breakfast Series on Helping Boys of Color

Voice and ViewpointBy Edward Henderson, Digital Editor
Published February 23, 2017

On Friday, February 17th, RISE San Diego hosted its most recent conversation in their Inclusive Leadership Breakfast Series entitled ‘Raising Boys of Color: Helping our Boys and Young Men of Color Be Safe, Resilient, Successful, and Inclusive Leaders’. The sold out event was held at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Development and featured a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Zachary Green, Associate Director of the Leadership Institute at the University of San Diego. Rise hosts the Breakfast Series every third Friday of the month.

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Raising Girls of Color: How can we help our girls and young women of color break through glass ceilings and be inclusive leaders?

The next conversation in our Inclusive Leadership Breakfast Series will focus on Raising Girls of Color: Helping our Girls and Young Women of Color Break Through Glass Ceilings and Be Inclusive Leaders. It takes place on Friday, March 17 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center in southeastern San Diego.

Join this important conversation to better understand how you can improve the outcomes for girls and young women of color in San Diego – at school, at work, and throughout our society.

After a highly contentious 2016 election season and a post-election era marked by sexism and an alarming rise in the number of hate incidents in our schools and communities, the fierce urgency of now has never been more important. Too many of us entrusted with raising girls of color are losing hope that glass ceilings can be shattered, feeling helpless to empower, and are overwhelmed by this awesome responsibility in difficult times.

Parents, educators, youth workers, and concerned community members are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in this breakfast conversation. Our goal is for each of us to leave better informed, more committed, and well-prepared to stand up for and take meaningful actions together to greatly improve the quality of life for our daughters, sisters, and nieces.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person. Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket today. And Join our Civic Engagement Initiatives mailing list to be among the first to receive news on upcoming breakfast events.

Special thanks to our RISE Urban Breakfast Club Presenting Sponsor, San Diego Gas & Electric.

Raising Boys of Color: How can we improve the outcomes for boys and young men of color in San Diego?

The next conversation in our Inclusive Leadership Breakfast Series will focus on Raising Boys of Color: Helping our Boys and Young Men of Color Be Safe, Resilient, Successful, and Inclusive Leaders. It takes place on Friday, February 17 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center in southeastern San Diego.

Following too many years of deadly violence, mass incarceration, poor educational outcomes, and high unemployment for boys and young men of color, we cannot and must not continue in 2017 to sit idly by while our sons, nephews, and brothers are being devastated. After a highly contentious election season and a post-election era with an alarming rise in the number of hate incidents in our schools and communities, the fierce urgency of now has never been more important. Too many of us entrusted with raising boys of color are losing hope, feeling helpless, and are overwhelmed by this awesome responsibility in difficult times.

Join this important conversation to better understand how you can improve the outcomes for boys and young men of color in San Diego – at school, at work, and throughout our society. Parents, educators, youth workers, and concerned community members are strongly encouraged to attend and participate.

Our goal is for each of us to leave better informed, more committed, and well-prepared to stand up for and take meaningful actions together to greatly improve the quality of life for our boys and young men of color.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person. Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket today.

Join our Civic Engagement Initiatives mailing list to be among the first to receive news on upcoming breakfast events.

Special thanks to our RISE Urban Breakfast Club Presenting Sponsor, San Diego Gas & Electric.

Celebrating Dr. King and the women of the civil rights movement, past and present

On Friday, January 20, RISE San Diego will kick off our 2017 Inclusive Leadership Breakfast Series with a special celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights, and women leadership.

In additional to the unsung, past women of the Civil Rights Movement we are honoring that day – Daisy Bates, Amelia Boynton, Septima Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Height, Yuri Kochiyama, Diane Nash, and Jo Ann Robinson – the community will decide on the present-day women of the Civil Rights Movement we will honor. More information on how to nominate a local woman will be available soon.

The event takes place from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center in southeastern San Diego. Seating is limited and tickets are $25 per person. Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket today.

Join our Civic Engagement Initiatives mailing list to be among the first to receive news on how to nominate a local woman to honor at this month’s breakfast and to learn more about upcoming events.

Special thanks to our RISE Urban Breakfast Club Presenting Sponsor, San Diego Gas & Electric.

Opinion: Inclusion Should Drive San Diego Leaders’ Efforts in 2017

Voice of San DiegoOpinion by Dwayne Crenshaw
Published in Voice of San Diego on January 3, 2017

More than ever, it’s urgent San Diegans come together. Our county’s election results suggest we’re closer than other American regions. But there are more steps we can take with intentionality to increase the quality and depth of relationships among San Diego’s diverse people. I believe we get there through a determined focus on inclusion. So, I offer San Diego a resolution to commit to learn and practice inclusive leadership. The capacity for inclusive leadership is not just in some of us, it is within all of us.

Inclusion waltzes well beyond diversity. It’s likely a vast supermajority of San Diegans conceptually embrace diversity. Unfortunately, the diversity concept has simply become a celebration of perhaps Black History or International Women’s Month; Cesar Chavez or Harvey Milk Day; donating to or volunteering with a charitable organization for the elderly, disabled, refugees or otherwise marginalized; or, going to that cultural event or diversity training. Diversity has become a numbers game; inclusion is about quality – the beautiful choreography of relationships.

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RISE nurtures leaders among urban communities

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San Diego – When politicians and industry fought over Barrio Logan zoning in 2014, Dwayne Crenshaw and Tony Young noticed a key group was pushed aside: the residents themselves.

We were “talking over coffee about what was happening in our city at the time,” RISE San Diego CEO Crenshaw said. “What we found was that there were powerful interests — whether you were for them or against them — on both sides that were really having the debate about what should be happening in the community at that time.”

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