The Divided Community Project Community Resiliency Initiative’s first case study tracks the evolution of Rochester’s Community Response Team (CRT). CRT grew out of “Unite Rochester,” a collaborative initiative focused on addressing racism in the Rochester area. CRT is a volunteer initiative where community leaders worked to promote communication, trust, and community education, while developing a positive, non-violent plan to respond to divisive community events or issues of race and racism.
Drafted by Sherry Walker-Cowart, past President and CEO of Rochester’s Center for Dispute Settlement, this case study illustrates how CRT’s work connected with the Divided Community Project’s core guidance, Planning in Advance of Civil Unrest:
- Grounded in collaboration, CRT took initiative to promote a broad-based community planning process
- CRT assembled a planning group
- Using the Divided Community Project’s Community Preparedness and Assessment Test, CRT assessed the community’s ability to handle division
- CRT developed a draft community plan in advance of civil unrest
The Divided Community Project’s Community Resiliency Initiative is a coalition of organizations and volunteers who support communities seeking to transform community division into forward-looking action. As of July 2018, the Divided Community Project anticipates publishing case studies from five partner communities: Rochester, New York; Orlando, Florida, San Mateo County, California; Columbus, Ohio; and, San Leandro, California. Case studies are funded by the AAA-ICDR Foundation.