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

Anti-oppression education: Building Bridges for Youth camps: 3-day camps for high school students to explore social justice issues & how to be leaders & advocates in our communities. Conscious classrooms: in-school program for middle & high school students to help youth promote respect, advocate for inclusion, & strengthen the learning environment at school.
Leadership development: Summer Youth Leadership Institute: intensive training for students to be youth leaders in CCEJ’s programs by developing facilitation skills and deepening their understanding of oppression and movements for justice. CCEJ also holds youth council & building bridges clubs alliance throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Education: CCEJ trains adults from different sectors on anti-oppression; diversity, equity & inclusion; and restorative justice practices.
Leadership development: ilume Restorative Culture Shift Institute: CCEJ trains and coaches emerging restorative justice practitioners for 6 months in core knowledge and skills for using restorative practices in community, workplace, and educational settings.
Conflict transformation: the Iluminar team provides schools with alternatives to suspension and expulsion by training & coaching thousands of teachers and students per year in restorative practices to build community & address conflicts on campus.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Conflict transformation: CCEJ utilizes facilitated dialogue grounded in Restorative Justice principles as a conflict resolution model and alternative to traditional forms of criminal legal systems. After an incident of harm or conflict, CCEJ creates the space for those impacted to meet together and share their story, take responsibility for the harm their actions may have caused and create agreements that support what meaningful justice looks like to them. Services include restorative youth diversion and restorative community circles.

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, and California’s statewide Stop the Hate initiative.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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 09/09/2022
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

Community Volunteer

Carol Hass

Community Works Consulting

Dr. Shauntina Sorrells

Orangewood Children's Foundation

Mollie Lehman

Music Executive

Dr. Mike Munoz

Long Beach City College

Lisa Bourne

DEI Consultant

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.