The California Conference for Equality and Justice, Inc.

aka CCEJ   |   Long Beach, CA   |  www.cacej.org

Mission

The California Conference for Equality and Justice is dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism through education, conflict resolution and advocacy.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Reena Hajat Carroll

Main address

3605 Long Beach Boulevard Suite 100

Long Beach, CA 90807 USA

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Formerly known as

NCCJ - National Conference for Christians and Jews

NCCJ - National Conference for Community and Justice

EIN

54-2178438

NTEE code info

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Dispute Resolution/Mediation Services (I51)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every community has a need for safe homes, schools and neighborhoods. We all deserve nurturing relationships and to feel a sense of belonging. All people have value and dignity, yet not everyone has the same access or opportunity. Stereotyping, prejudice, hate crimes and violence are realities that tear our communities apart. CCEJ responds by creating cultures of connection, respect and accountability.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Building Bridges for Youth

CCEJ provides transformative learning experiences where participants examine stereotypes and biases and learn skills to make their schools, workplaces and neighborhoods more inclusive. Youth in the BBfY program (ages 12-25), supported by well-trained adult allies, explore issues of inequity and promote awareness, responsibility, and justice in their schools, families, and communities. Programs include: Building Bridges C Conscious Classrooms; Building Bridges Youth Council; Building Bridges Clubs Alliance; Summer Youth Leadership Institute and Building Bridges Leadership Academy. With more than 30 years of experience, Building Bridges for Youth has served over 14,000 young people across Southern California.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Iluminar: Training and Coaching for Justice is CCEJ ‘s interdisciplinary team that provides experiential and innovative training and coaching in Restorative Justice practices for schools, families, workplaces and community settings. Since 2014, tens of thousands of people across Los Angeles County & Southern California have been trained and coached by CCEJ staff in using Restorative Justice practices to build cultures that promote stronger communication, healthier relationships, and where no one is disposable so that conflict is healed in equitable and just ways. Iluminar specializes in bringing Restorative Justice practices to K-12 Schools, Colleges, & Universities, workplaces and families.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Healing Harms is CCEJ’s conflict transformation team. Through our four core programs – Restorative Youth Diversion (RYD), Families Restoring Relationships (FRR), Strengthening Communities & Organizations through Restorative Engagement (SCORE), and Restorative Responses to Conflict & Crisis (RRCC), Healing Harms staff and volunteers offer restorative models and alternatives to traditional approaches of conflict resolution across Southern California. Healing Harms programs are anchored in Restorative Justice philosophy and practices. Focusing on the importance of relationships to help bring about healing and transformation in conflicts, Healing Harms brings together the people who are responsible and those who are impacted to address the harm caused and create agreements to build meaningful justice.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

CCEJ builds connections across differences, promotes mutual understanding and acceptance, and celebrates the power of inclusion through programs such as:

• Faith In Justice annual Interfaith Intercultural Breakfast, bringing community leaders together to celebrate differences and raise awareness of a topic related to equality and justice.

• Roots Racial Justice Convening, providing connections and learning across sectors for people working to promote racial equity in their schools, workplaces, and communities.

• Hate Crime Prevention and Response: CCEJ is part of the LA vs. Hate collaborative.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CCEJ's programs are focused on raising awareness, facilitating dialogue, healing conflicts and bridging differences. CCEJ intentionally works where differences collide and conflict exists — in schools, businesses and neighborhoods. We know real change only comes from everyone working together. By embracing differences and striving for understanding, CCEJ seeks to build a unified, peaceful and inclusive Southern California, with justice for all.

EDUCATION: CCEJ provides human relations education to youth and adults – experiential programs that give participants an opportunity to examine their own stereotypes and biases and learn skills to make their schools, workplaces and neighborhoods safer and more inclusive. CCEJ's education programs include Building Bridges camp and leadership programs for youth, Conscious Classrooms, Iluminar: Training and Coaching for Justice, and an annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION: CCEJ's highly-trained facilitators work with youth and adults to address conflicts and harm. CCEJ's Healing Harms programs focus on repairing relationships, avoiding escalation, and strengthening communities.

ADVOCACY: CCEJ is a voice for inclusion, equality and justice for all. CCEJ's staff and volunteers actively work to eliminated systemic racism, bias and bigotry and to celebrate diversity in our community.

CCEJ has a dedicated staff and more than 250 volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and treasure to working toward CCEJ's vision of Justice for All. Our staff have backgrounds in social work, counseling, ethnic studies, organizational management, psychology, theology, mediation and restorative practices. Our volunteers are teachers, lawyers, youth, nurses and people with first-hand experience as victims of discrimination and oppression. Over the 57 years we have been in service, CCEJ has emerged as a leader in human relations and restorative practices work in Southern California. We have trained thousands of teachers who represent tens of thousands of students and we have directly trained more than 14,000 high school students. We are trusted by school districts, law enforcement agencies and businesses as the go-to source for education around diversity and inclusion as well as conflict resolution and restorative practices.

With more than 57 years of service to Long Beach, Los Angeles County and now Southern California, CCEJ has served hundreds of thousands of youth and adults with education and training to end injustice and discrimination and transform communities. In 2019, CCEJ served over 6,000 people, working in over 70 schools, training more than 500 youth on social justice issues and preventing 100 youth from entering the juvenile justice system. Through our Restorative Justice work, CCEJ also trained over 2,000 educators to provide alternative approaches to discipline and school climate. CCEJ has increased the services we provide to the Southern California region. We provide anti-bias, restorative justice and youth diversion programs throughout LA County and beyond. CCEJ's programs now reach communities outside of areas we have historically served, including Coachella, Pico Rivera, Fontana, Yucca Valley, Riverside, Los Alamitos, Santa Ana, and San Bernardino.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The California Conference for Equality and Justice, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rabbi Howard Laibson

Congregation Shir Chadash (retired)

Term: 2021 - 2023

Rosecarrie Brooks

Property Management Company

Hank Feldman

Performance Plus Tire Company

Yair Katz

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

Megan Kerr

Long Beach Board of Education

Dr. Rashida Crutchfield

CSULB School of Social Work

Dana Buchanan

Primal Alchemy Catering

Gillian Medina

TABC

Elizabeth Lindh

Keesal, Young & Logan

Desarie Gonzales

US Bank

Carol Hass

Community Works Consulting

Shay Sorrells

Orangewood Children's Foundation

Mollie Lehman

Warner Music

Dr. Mike Munoz

Long Beach City College

Lisa Bourne

Zwift, Inc.

Jeff Schaffer

JMC Philanthropic Advisors

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.