Community Empowerment Projects
Taking Action to Create a More Equitable Santa Rosa
While conversations remain ongoing between Santa Rosa City Council, staff, and the community, the City of Santa Rosa has begun taking action by planning and implementing changes and new projects based on feedback received during the Community Empowerment Plan listening sessions. These listening sessions, which began two months ago, have centered around public safety, use of force policies implemented by the Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD), and relationships between SRPD officers and the community. The following action steps or projects are being led by Community Engagement staff, in collaboration with the various City and community agencies.
The Multicultural Roots Project: Stories from Black, Indigenous, People of Color
The Multicultural Roots Project has two goals:
- Create visibility for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in Sonoma County, with a particular focus on Santa Rosa; and
- Recognize, through historical stories from BIPOC, contributions and impacts that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County.
Working with local historians and community organizers, City staff will gather stories and facts about historical events, BIPOC leaders, and places that have shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County into what it is today. Staff will also collect information about current BIPOC community leaders and share their stories.
Ethnic Studies with a Cop Pilot Program
The City of Santa Rosa’s Community Engagement Office and Santa Rosa Police Department, in collaboration with Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Distance Learning Camp and Care, launched a new seven-week pilot program called Ethnic Studies with a Cop. The Pilot Program is designed to enhance children’s education by creating visibility and celebration of our communities of color and is one of the outcomes from the City’s Community Empowerment Plan. The Pilot Program also supports the Santa Rosa City Council’s goal of increasing organizational diversity, equity and inclusion.
Each session is co-facilitated by officers from the Police Department and staff from the Community Engagement Office. The cohort consists of 12 students from Meadow View Elementary School, ranging from 3rd through 6th grade.
All students deserve to feel respected, included, safe, and challenged when they are learning. Together we can!!!
Ethnic Studies with a Cop Session Schedule
|Session Name||Session Materials||Session Date|
|African American History
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks
|Vocabulary||October 20, 2020|
|Mexican American History
Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta
|Vocabulary||October 27, 2020|
Women's Right to Vote
|Vocabulary||November 3, 2020|
|Latin American History
Aztec and Mayan Empires
|Vocabulary||November 10, 2020|
George Ortiz, Community Organizer
|Vocabulary||November 17, 2020|
|Native American History
Northern California Tribes and Elsie Allen
|Vocabulary||December 1, 2020|
Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership
|December 8, 2020|
Santa Rosa Police Chief’s Community Ambassador Team
More information and details to come.
Other Upcoming Projects
Community Engagement staff are also planning several other longer-term projects, including:
- Lowrider Patrol Car- in partnership with the Sonoma County Lowrider Council and the Santa Rosa Police Department;
- Check out this example from the City of Stockton! WATCH VIDEO
- Civic Engagement 101 video series and toolkit - in partnership with the City’s Community Advisory Board.