Story of
Rise Together

Photo Credit: Inspira Photography

The first Rise Together gathering was held in the summer of 2020 amidst the national uprisings against anti-Black police violence and as gaping systemic health, economic, and social inequities killed tens of thousands of people of color disproportionately from COVID-19.
The Community Foundation brought together 17 Leaders of Color to support their work in continuing to advance racial equity locally. Rise Together includes community organizers, social justice and arts leaders, indigenous cultural practitioners, city officials, social workers, healthcare professionals, youth mentors, funders, immigrant advocates, and educators. Some members had deep existing relationships with each other, some were meeting for the first time, and all have worked relentlessly for racial equity.
You can read more about each member here.

Together we are building our collective story.

Our work is rooted in our relationships. Every other week we meet to continuously learn from each other, provide support and energy, and celebrate wins when they happen. Building this trusted and collaborative circle is fundamental in our work. 

Over many discussions, we identified our shared purpose and goals for racial equity in Santa Cruz County. In 2021,  we are collectively taking action on these goals by amplifying our stories, redesigning a grantmaking process for racial equity, and increasing investment in racial equity locally. 


Help grow our circle to build a more equitable Santa Cruz County


If you are a leader of color in Santa Cruz County and want to be a Rise Together member, let us know. We intend to expand the circle in 2022.