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Rochester Area Foundation: Listen, Learn and Act in support of Racial Justice

PlanScape Impact(s): Diversity and Inclusion ; OpenBeam
Public Pinned Featured Report on DEI Practioner Convenings led by Rochester Area Foundation
Last modified: May 26, 2023




June 2023 DEI Practitioner Convenings Report



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June 2022


Message from RAF



Please note, that we hope to do similar events in the future that will allow DEI practitioners to connect together, share ideas and dreams, and continue to work for change in our communities. We would love to expand this invite list to others that work within the field of DEI or who are advocates of this work in their  personal and professional lives. To that end, please feel free to send any contact information for individuals who you would like to be able to see involved to myself for addition to the list,


 Longtime Rochester resident and community activist, George Thompson, a member of the RAF Board of Trustees and DEI Committee, had this to say about the DEI practitioner gatherings,              

 “It is a pleasure to bring people together to assist in the work of making our communities safe and fair for ALL people. Together we are able to do things that lone individuals can’t. This work is hard. It involves wrestling with different patterns and structures that have existed for a long time, and people often have strong reactions to this. Yet what motivates the work we are doing are the next generations—our kids, grandkids and their kids. Indigenous people have long shared the wisdom of the ‘Seventh Generation Principle’ which means you should always think about how the words and actions you choose today will impact those seven generations into the future.”

 We are grateful for the commitment of so many individuals in our community who embody this spirit and diligently work to create more loving, inclusive, equitable communities ALL can belong to!




June 2022 Meeting Summary 




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The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
About Beam
  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

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