- Community Empowerment
- CEP Resources
The Community Empowerment Plan resource page offers links to previous public meetings, workshop recordings and other events and tools provided by the Office of Community Engagement to assist the community in expanding their knowledge around racial equity and social justice.
For more information about the resources available on this page, please email: [email protected].
- County of Sonoma Human Rights Commission Report
- After Action Report
- Independent Investigation Report from OIR Group
- Community Empowerment Plan Listening Sessions Report
- Listening Session Report Summary
- Plan de Empoderamiento Comunitario Informe de las Sesiones de Escucha
- Resumen del Informe de las Sesiones de Escucha
Self and Community Care as an Act of Resistance
On May 19, 2021, Dr. Daniela Dominguez, Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco and Chief Executive Officer of On the Margins, LLC, provided the CAB with a presentation on caring for the self, mentally and physically, while engaged in community work. As poet Audre Lorde once said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self- preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Sonoma County has experienced multiple traumatic events pre and during COVID. One thing has become clear, we need each other to survive and thrive. Inspired by the Audre Lorde Project, this presentation will explain how naming our trauma and needs is a radical act of self and community love. This presentation will offer strategies for grounding, transformation, and accountability. This presentation will introduce the importance of creating a wellness plan to meet self and community needs.
Dr. Daniela Domínguez is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco and the Chief Executive Officer at On the Margins, LLC. She is a licensed psychologist and professional clinical counselor with a special interest in liberation psychology, anti-racism, migrant justice, and gender and sexuality matters. Previously, her program of research has focused on understanding how Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) cope with stress and use specific strategies to draw upon resiliencies to achieve positive health. In 2020, the Society of Counseling Psychologists honored her with the “Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Counseling Psychology.” In 2021, the Society of Counseling Psychologists honored her with the “Social Justice Award” for her demonstrated evidence of achieving community change that supports disenfranchised or oppressed groups.
Seminar: Deconstructing Race and Racism with Dr. Sharon Washington
The Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership, through the Office of Community Engagement hosted Tipping the Scale: Deconstructing Race and Racism with Dr. Sharon Washington on January 27, 2021 as part of the City of Santa Rosa’s annual Violence Prevention Awareness Series. This three-hour free virtual seminar (VIDEO BELOW) explored the historical and social context of institutional racism, unconscious bias & racial micro-aggressions, as well as the development of social awareness and mindfulness for participants.
Dr. Sharon Washington, founder & CEO of Sharon Washington Consulting, who as an anti-bias content educator, has 12 years of experience in creating safe spaces for diverse audiences to connect and explore our shared history and identify strategies for dismantling the systems of inequity that exist today.
Watch Replay of Previous Public Meetings
5/5 Special City Council Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
5/4 Special City Council Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
4/28 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
3/24 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
2/24 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
2/8 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
1/27 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
1/27 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
12/16 Community Advisory Board Special Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
11/23 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
11/18 Community Advisory Board Special Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
10/29 Open Government Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
10/28 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
9/25 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
9/23 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
8/26 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
8/7 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY
City Council Goal Setting Sessions
- Monday, August 3, 2020 - WATCH REPLAY
- Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - WATCH REPLAY
7/22 Community Advisory Board Meeting (CAB)
The CAB received a presentation on the Community Involvement Strategy of the General Plan Update and provided feedback to the Project Team. The Project Team also received input from the public. The CAB also heard a presentation on the City’s Community Empowerment Plan Implementation Update and provided feedback to staff on the Plan. Members of the public also provided input to staff and Chief Navarro. VIEW MEETING RECORDING
General Plan Update Community Conversations
- Saturday, July 18, 2020 - VIEW RECORDING
- Saturday, July 25, 2020 - VIEW RECORDING (en Español)
7/1 Public Safety Subcommittee of the City Council - WATCH REPLAY
6/30 City Council Study Session and Community Input Forum on the Community Empowerment Plan
Staff presented the Community Empowerment Plan to City Council, providing an overview the plan goals, objectives, and timeline so that it may be modified based on public input. Immediately following the presentation, the Council held a Community Forum to provide an opportunity for open dialogue for all citizens of Santa Rosa around public safety policies. WATCH REPLAY