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CURE Awards Racial Equity Service Grants to Housing and Community Development Organizations in St. Louis, Brooklyn and Baltimore

The Center for Urban and Racial Equity is pleased to announce the award of Racial Equity Organizational Change (EOC) Service Grants to three housing and community development organizations. Through a competitive application process, CURE selected RiseBoro Community Partnership (Brooklyn, NY), Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (Baltimore, MD), and Dutchtown South Community Corporation (St. Louis, MO) as recipients of our first racial equity organizational change service grant opportunity.

Through CURE’s comprehensive EOC process, grantees will undergo an intensive anti-racist training and knowledge-building process, engage their staff and stakeholders in an assessment to identify areas for improvement, and develop an action plan to operationalize racial equity by aligning internal and external practices to address systemic inequities experienced by people of color employed within their organizations and in housing properties and/or communities in which grantees operate. 

Housing and community development organizations are in a unique position as many primarily serve black and brown communities experiencing various forms of systemic racism including gentrification, employment discrimination, food desserts and police violencesaid Dr. Judy Lubin, CURE’s president. “We’re excited to partner with our new grantees to build their racial equity lens and implement practices that address these inequities and build power in collaboration with residents to create safe, healthy and just communities and housing options.”

Selected grantees include: 

  • Dutchtown South Community Corporation advances neighborhood vitality through community empowerment, housing stabilization and real estate development in the South St. Louis neighborhoods of Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Marine Villa, and Mt. Pleasant. Amanda Colón-Smith, Dutchtown South Community Corporation Executive Director said, “Five years after the killing of Michael Brown, St. Louis is reminded that we still have much work to do in St. Louis. We as housing and community development practitioners are looking to deepen the skills needed to lead our organizations in promoting the opportunity to thrive for all neighborhoods in our region.” 

  • Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that creates, implements and promotes programs and policies to eradicate childhood lead poisoning, reduce asthma episodes and increase the stock of healthy, safe and energy efficient homes. Ruth Ann Norton, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative President and CEO said, “The technical assistance provided by CURE will help GHHI deepen its commitment to advancing racial equity through our work to address the structural racism embedded in decades of U.S. housing by strengthening our internal and external competencies and actions for racial equity.” 

  • RiseBoro Community Partnership is one of New York City’s largest non-profit social service providers with over thirty years of developing neighborhood assets, such as affordable housing, to create the foundation for a more vibrant and diverse community. RiseBoro’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Short said, “RiseBoro Community Partnership recognizes the role that racism plays in suppressing the capacity of communities of color everywhere. In order to achieve our mission of unleashing the potential of communities to thrive, no matter the odds, we must confront racism head on and develop an intentional response to combating its effects. I am excited to partner with CURE to assess the presence of racism within our organization and our work, and to develop a roadmap to end its impact.

Thanks to financial support from Borealis Philanthropy’s Racial Equity Accelerating Change (REACH) Fund, CURE is able to provide its racial equity organizational change services at no cost to grantees. The Borealis REACH Fund provides funding to practitioners to provide racial equity consultation services to nonprofit organizations and support cross-sharing, learning and innovation among practitioners to lift up promising practices, case studies, strategies, frameworks and tools that facilitate nonprofits capacity to have greater impact on addressing racial inequities, internally in their organizations and externally in program and service delivery. 

Judy Lubin

Dr. Judy is an applied sociologist, racial equity changemaker, yoga and mindfulness practitioner, author, auntie, bestie and beach lover. Judy’s elemental nature is water, and with her she brings calming, reflective energy to hold space for deep listening, inner work and transformative dialogue. 

The curator of the Embodied Justice program, she hosts the accompanying podcast and co-facilitates events and dialogues focused on the collective healing and sustainability of Black changemakers.

At CURE, Dr. Judy has built transformative racial equity frameworks and change management processes that have impacted thousands of lives. She began her career focused on health disparities, recognizing that stress from societal racism can become embodied and manifested through “weathering” that prematurely ages the body and shortens the lifespan of racially marginalized communities. 

She is unapologetically committed to centering Black people and the communities that have inspired her life’s work. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she grew up in South Florida surrounded by music, her grandmother’s herbal garden, and the struggle to make it in a country that saw her family as outsiders. 

In 2022, after experiencing multiple health emergencies coupled with burnout from the intensity of the “racial reckoning” that increased demand for CURE’s racial equity services, Judy began a process of listening to the wisdom of her body, healing old trauma wounds, and reclaiming rest and her love of mind-body healing. During this time she explored somatics, indigenous and and ancestral healing practices and earned certifications in multiple healing modalities including yoga and energy medicine.

Emerging from a place of rest and listening to what her soul wanted to share, she now weaves mindfulness, body-awareness and spiritual activism to support changemakers and organizations to regenerate their leadership and give to the world from a place of ease and wholeness. 

Long committed to promoting women’s health and wellness, she is the author of The Heart of Living Well: Six Principles for a Life of Health, Beauty and Balance.

Find Judy on instagram or linkedin at @drjudylubin, where she (occasionally) shares posts celebrating Black joy, healing and well-being.

Shawn J. Moore

Residing at the intersection of leadership and mindfulness, Shawn creates sacred spaces for stillness and self-inquiry to help social impact leaders align their strengths, intention, and impact. Through his integrative approach, he holds transformative containers for self-renewal, personal discovery, and capacity-building that ease clients on their journey towards peace, clarity, and freedom.

Shawn is committed to empower changemakers to become embodied leaders – unified in mind, body, and heart – with the tools to mindfully pause, reconnect to their inner knowing, make strengths-driven decisions, and lead the change they believe the world needs.  

Reckoning with his own contemplation of burnout, purpose, and alignment, Shawn transitioned out of his role as Associate Dean of Student Life & Leadership at Morehouse College in the fall of 2021 to focus more on mindfulness and stillness-based training programs and workshops. 

While leadership resonates with him deeply, it is his personal and spiritual practices that allows him to continue to show up for himself and others. He is a yoga teacher (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®), sound and reiki practitioner, meditation teacher, Yoga Nidra facilitator, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, all focused through a Buddhist lens and 17 years of personal practice. He has contributed workshops, practices, and educational opportunities for celebrities like Questlove and Dyllón Burnside, and various yoga studios and colleges, Yoga International, Omstars, Melanin Moves Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Spotify and Lululemon. He currently serves as the Facilitation and Community Manager for BEAM (Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective).

Shawn hosts a podcast called The Mindful Rebel® Podcast that creates a platform to continually explore this unique intersection of leadership and mindfulness. Find him on instagram @shawnj_moore 

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