Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

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Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable

From the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's 2015 Annual Report

Civic leaders participate in a Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable meeting to discuss advancing racial equity in our region

Buffalo is building a new shared future, one with prosperity, equity and opportunity, on every side of Main Street. We all want healthy, vibrant neighborhoods where the American Dream comes to life and a good-paying job so we can support our families. We want to leave the city a better place for future generations and give our children the best opportunities to reach their full potential.

In 2015, 32 civic leaders accepted an invitation to advance racial equity in our region by participating in the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Together we are tackling racial equity gaps that prevent us all from moving forward.

By understanding what contributes to the racial equity gaps and committing to change together, we can accelerate solutions. The Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable is developing strategies to address barriers
to equity. These will be refined in consultation with the community.

Momentum is already underway to close racial equity gaps with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Say Yes Buffalo and the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge. We are opening the floodgates that will allow every person in our community to reach their full potential so we can move forward together. We do not have a good idea or a good pair of hands to waste as we build a prosperous future for all.

Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable Members

Dr. LaVonne Ansari, Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.
Lana Benatovich, National Federation for Just Communities
Cliff Benson, Buffalo Sabres
Willow Brost, Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor
Hon. Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo
Richard Cummings, Black Chamber of Commerce of WNY
Clotilde Dedecker, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
The Right Reverend R. William Franklin, Episcopal Diocese of WNY
Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Dr. Danis Gehl, University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center
Eunice Lewin, State University of New York Trustee
Most Reverend Richard Malone, Diocese of Buffalo
Jerry Mazurkiewicz, Dopkins & Company, LLP
Brenda McDuffie, Buffalo Urban League
Blythe Merrill, The John R. Oishei Foundation
Rev. George F. Nicholas, Concerned Clergy Coalition of WNY;
Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church
Alphonso O’Neil-White, Racial Equity Roundtable Chair
Christina Orsi, University at Buffalo Office of the Vice President
for Research and Economic Development
Hon. Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State 141st Assembly District
Rev. Darius Pridgen, City of Buffalo Common Council
Hon. Jack Quinn, Erie Community College
Lou Santiago, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network
Hon. Rose Sconiers, New York State Supreme Court, Retired
Hon. Hugh Scott, U.S. Magistrate Judge
Shandra Spicer, Spicer Group
Rev. Jonathan Staples, First Shiloh Baptist Church
Marsha Sullivan, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Board of Directors
Dr. Francisco Vasquez, Child & Family Services
Paul Vukelic, Try-It Distributing Co., Inc.
Edward Watts Jr., Watts Engineering & Architecture, P.C.
Maria Whyte, Erie County Executive’s Office
Howard Zemsky, Taurus Capital Partners

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