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Black people are experiencing grief on many levels.  The reality of a medical pandemic has killed one in every 645 Black people.  The on-going racial pandemic of white supremacy continues to prevent Black communities from thriving.   Black people need a space to begin to process grief and have practices for the journey ahead.  Trust[…]

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What is “Brave Space”?  At CommunityBuild Ventures, we define it as a structured space to allow participants to be their most authentic selves and lean in more deeply in conversations centered on racial equity.  Why do we engage in Brave Space Building?  When a team of professionals seeks to understand, embrace, and embody racial equity[…]

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To remedy and reverse the equity challenges present within our schools, school leadership teams must close the gap between their mission statement and their entire community’s lived experiences – parents, caregivers, teachers, administrators, staff, and students. To achieve world-class, equitable schools that effectively serve Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, CommunityBuild Ventures (CBV) offers research and[…]

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CommuntiyBuild Ventures proclaims 2021 as #BlackBold. We pursue the creativity, boldness, and resilience of our ancestors to advance toward liberation. The resilience of our ancestors is rooted in centering self-care and healing. As we are all reeling from a year of tremendous human loss and acknowledgment and amplification of white supremacy, #BlackBold must include acknowledging[…]

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BMESTalk is “a space and place to stretch your soul.” These words were spoken by J. Tristan Hall, a Black male Assistant Principal based in Philadelphia, during a BMESTalk Happy Hour last December. J. Tristan’s comments are an indicator that BMEsTalk is living up to its vision statement – to inspire Black Male Educators to[…]

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Racial equity must involve the most impacted in the creation and implementation of policies and practices. #CBV was encouraged by the inspiring models of grantmaking led by community members. They are challenging the narrative about who is really positioned to transform communities. We highlight the amazing work from: THRIVE Thomasville Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund[…]

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