The Urban League of Louisiana will be the New Orleans lead for the Southern Communities Initiative.
Boston Consulting Group, PayPal, and Vista Equity Partners launched the initiative.
It is a catalytic program designed to establish a self-governing network of corporate, civic and community organizations.
These groups focus on achieving racial equity across six southern communities that represent approximately 50% of the Black population in the U.S.
The initiative seeks to address challenges impeding current racial equity ecosystems from delivering outcomes.
Southern Communities Initiative is actively prioritizing four racial equity pillars:
Education and Workforce Development
It seeks to enable these efforts by increasing digital access and adoption of affordable hi-speed internet solutions for low-income and minority households.
It also hopes to enable physical infrastructure to support minority families and businesses.
In addition to New Orleans, the Southern Communities Initiative includes the cities of Atlanta, GA, Memphis, TN, Birmingham, AL, Houston, TX, and Charlotte, NC.
The Urban League of Louisiana was selected to serve as the lead community organization for New Orleans because of their role in supporting the local racial equity ecosystem.
The group also holds strong partnerships and a commitment to the racial equity pillars the Southern Communities Initiative has defined.
“We are excited to be a part of this initiative that aligns so closely with our mission and priorities, and which we believe will provide great opportunities for our communities as this network moves forward,” said Judy Reese Morse, Urban League of Louisiana President and CEO.
To stay up to date on the Southern Communities Initiative, visit their website or sign up to receive Policy and Social Justice updates: https://urbanleaguela.org/socialjustice/#signup