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JRI, Marc Abelard and William James College have been collaborating on addressing the need for more diversity in the field of human services. At JRI, we knew that we wanted our staff to more closely reflect the diversity and lived experience of the clients and communities we serve. We also knew that we needed to reduce economic barriers to advancement. With William James College, we found partners that share our social justice mission, our commitment to racial equity and our dedication to culturally competent services. Together we found a way to significantly ease the financial burden of earning a degree.
In addition to supporting JRI employees who are pursuing their degree, we have also partnered on a broader level on a commitment to social justice, with a focus on workforce development. Marc's commitment to this shared mission has been integral in JRI's work to help the larger community focus on creating a diverse workforce. Together, we are going into local communities, discussing social justice and how through non-profit work and a degree from William James College, you can “be the change”. This initiative is helping us reach an entire new group of people who bring diversity, lived experience and passion to our work.