Existing While Black at The University of Rochester

Existing While Black at The University of Rochester The University was my first “career” job out of college (PWI; RIT) way back in 2006 and like so many other BIPOC ( Black , Indegenous, People of Color) people. I have stories of overt racism and covert microagressions during my tenure as a staff member of […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Adam Hopson

We are pleased to spotlight Adam Hopson who has joined the 540Team a few weeks ago as our EJ Research Intern for Summer 2020 About Adam   Adam is a rising Junior at the University of Rochester, studying Biochemistry and Environmental Studies. He is serving as an Urban Fellow through the University of Rochester Urban Fellows […]

A Wednesday Word From The Director | Cherish The Present Day

Dear Community, Last week I promised a deep introspective post and now (today) I am just not feeling like writing a lengthy post. So often we hold ourselves to incredibly high standards, set these lofty expectations and then stress out when our reality doesn’t match the thing we envisioned. I have been learning and practicing […]

A (Thursday) Word From the Director | Nothing Stays The Same

Dear Community, The month of June hit us all like a wrecking ball and I am still trying to process everything that happened. It feels as if a years worth of life was packed into one month and adding all that to the “brave new world” of COVID-19 pandemic has me reeling. Thankfully, I am […]

Dear White Led Organizations

In the wake of recent #BlackLivesMatter civil unrest, protests, and uprisings 540WMain (like so many other Black led organizations) received a deluge of training, workshop, and consultation requests. The following letter is an edited version of a correspondence I recently shared with one of the white led organizations that reached out to 540WMain. As an […]

Despite Taking Precautions I Still Contracted COVID-19

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Dear Community, Like most here in the U.S. I watched in awe as the sate of NY closed down slowly and finally over the course of the week March 9-14, 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the nation and changed life as we knew it forever. By the end of the day on Saturday March […]

A Wednesday Word From The Director | Education Without Borders.

Dear Community, Today we are half way through the 2nd week of our month-long virtual fundraiser Upon the launch of the campaign last week your support helped 540WMain blow past our original fundraising goal by over 50% ($10,800+ and counting) we are up to 120+ monthly members, and received the most volunteer inquirys we’ve ever […]

Black Women Roc 2020! Spotlight #1: Dr. Celia McIntosh

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We are pleased to spotlight Dr. Celia McIntosh for our Black Women Roc! 2020 campaign About Dr. Celia McIntosh  Dr. Celia McIntosh DNP, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, SCRN, CEN, CCRN, CNRN, is the President of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RRCAHT). She joined RRCAHT in 2014 after learning about the horrific crime of human […]

Black Women Roc! 2020 | Finalists Selected

Dear Community, We are so excited to share that we received over 30 nominations for our 4th annual Black Women Roc! 2020. This is the most nominations we have ever received for the campaign and we are truly grateful for all of your submissions. There is no shortage of talented Black women committed to transforming […]

540WMain (Virtually) Celebrates Four Years All Month Long

Hey, 540WMain officially turns 4 years old this month! With everything going on right now, we are reminded of just how important our organization’s purpose is not just in our local community, but far beyond. We enter this coming year committed more than ever to provide accessible resources and education while teaching our community about […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Haylee Horn

We are pleased to spotlight Haylee Horn who joins the 540Team as our Grants Research Intern for Summer 2020 About Haylee  Haylee Horn is a rising senior at the University of Rochester majoring in linguistics and minoring in psychology and Russian. She spends a lot of her free time involved with community service organizations, serving […]

White People, What Are You Doing To End Racism

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White People, What Are You Doing to End Racism Honestly what are you doing? . . because we are tired… . . . Black people are tired… . . . Indigenous people are tired… . . Mexican people are tired… . . Chinese people are tired… Japanese people, Iranian people, Indian people, Taiwanese people, South […]

Summer Intern Spotlight | Audrey Clements

We are pleased to spotlight Audrey Clements who joins the 540Team as our Communications Intern for Summer 2020 About Audrey  Audrey Clements is a rising junior at Nazareth College majoring in communications and minoring in marketing. After college, she wants to work as a Communications Liaison Agent in the FBI and work closely with media […]

A Wednesday Word From The Director | Nothing Was The Same.

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Dear Community, We’ve reached another Wednesday during what seems like week one hundred fifty thousand of a global pandemic. The days have seemed to blur together into one continuously long time block of time. And even though the weather is finally (finally) warming up, the effect and impact of COVID-19 on our local, national, and […]

Environmental Justice Facilitator Spotlight | Megan Borruso

We are pleased to spotlight Megan Borruso who is a 540Monthly sustaining member and environmental justice facilitator About Megan Borruso Megan is an Environmental Specialist, working in the field of Environmental Science and Engineering for over 13 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from SUNY Geneseo in 2006 and a Masters in Geography […]

Black Women Roc! 2020 | Nomination Period May 8 – 17, 2020

We are pleased to open the nomination period for Black Women Roc! 2020 Black Women Roc! our annual month long digital campaign where we highlight the achievements and work of four Black women and femme identifying women of color enacting change and making significant positive contributions to the Rochester community. Black Women Roc! 2020 How […]

Emergency Remote Teaching Is Not The Same As E-Learning Innovation

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Thanks to the generous support of the Rochester community we exceeded our #GivingTuesdayNow fundraising goal $540 for 540WMain. The 540Team is truly grateful for every single one of our supporters and monthly members. Together we grow! Emergency Remote Teaching Is Not The Same As E-Learning Innovation As an a educator long before the COVID-19 pandemic […]

A Wednesday Word From The Director | Don’t Panic.

Thanks to the generous support of the Rochester community we exceeded our #GivingTuesdayNow fundraising goal $540 for 540WMain. The 540Team is truly grateful for every single one of our supporters and monthly members. Together we grow! Dear Community, On Monday I had a panic attack. Here’s what I learned: Panic attacks are scary. It wasn’t […]

A Wednesday Word from The Director | Power Is With the People

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During these uncertain times a 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create multi-media content, virtual classes, and educational programming rooted in and taught from a social justice and anti-racism perspective. If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly member for a little as $3/month.  Dear Community, I’ve spent the better part of the […]

A Wednesday Word from The Director | Be Kind to Yourself

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During these uncertain times a 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create multi-media content, virtual classes, and educational programming rooted in and taught from a social justice and anti-racism perspective. If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly member for a little as $3/month.  Dear Community, It’s been awhile since I’ve written a […]