On October 7th, a cohort of 27 participants joined the Racial Equity in Supportive Housing (RESH) workgroup at Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work to kick off the first day of the Readying Emerging Leaders in Supportive Housing (RELISH) mentorship program. The day began with introductions, an overview of RESH and the purpose of RELISH, followed by a panel discussion and activity led by Dr. Samuel Aymer.
RELISH aims to provide Black emerging leaders in the nonprofit homeless and housing sector with the management, leadership and networking skills required for upward mobility. Once complete, participants will receive a leadership certificate designed for Black-identifying middle managers in supportive housing agencies. The program includes six day-long sessions of in-person learning with professors and executive professionals in the field. Each participant is paired with a mentor who will help them understand how to make the theories they learn in the classroom into practice.
The Racial Equity in Supportive Housing (RESH) Workgroup is a volunteer affinity group that launched in 2020 to examine and implement tangible solutions to advance leadership and racial equity for Black-identifying New York State supportive housing stakeholders. Historically, Black people have been disproportionately impacted by poverty and homelessness, and face the most systemic barriers to climbing the ladder of success both economically and socially. The mission and vision of RESH is to break down the barriers that prevent Black-identifying workers from thriving in our workforce.
To learn more about RESH, see here.