The Center for Building Resilient Communities (CBRC) was conceptualized in March of 2019 and established in 2020 by Sherna Alexander Benjamin, Heyward Land Jr., and Devin Olivia Rojas. The Co-Founders and team members of the CBRC bring their collective intelligence and experiences, knowledge, and professionalism (subject matter experts in various fields) to collaborate with individuals and communities to bring liberation, healing and hope to communities impacted through historical and ongoing violence, at the individual, family, community, and societal levels. Through their dream of a better world, the Co-Founders conceptualized a world in which communities are centered in collective liberation and healing so that violence cannot thrive, either against individual persons or groups of people.
The co-founders and team members bring to the work over 25 years of combined experience to collaborate to manifest CBRC's mission to enhance the capacity of communities and those who serve them through training, research, advocacy, and education, for collective liberation and healing so that violence cannot thrive, either against individual persons or groups of people. The CBRC utilizes Participatory approaches and our work is centered in Critical Consciousness and Transformative Change Processes, which is based on the following principles:
Developing participatory learning
Dialogue and Information sharing
Validation of personal experiences
Developing and encourage social action
Accountability and Responsibility
Developing critical thinking
CBRC includes other approaches in its work such as Asset-Based Community Development. At CBRC, we believe that oppressed groups hold the power to liberate and heal all of humanity with strategic
collaboration and the moral leadership required to uproot the root causes and drivers of oppression. We center the collective and ancestral wisdom of these groups as we work to build a world in which violence in all its forms cannot thrive.
The Center for Building Resilient Communities works with a range of stakeholders, including private companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and community members and groups. Contact us to discuss your organization's needs and develop a customized approach to supporting your organization and the communities you serve.