RISE for Boys and Men of Color

Ideation Challenge Award

Focused on the four RISE populations (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans), the RISE Ideation Challenge Award seeks forward-thinking, asset-based, unconventional solutions to relevant issues within the five RISE fields (education, health, human services and social policy, juvenile and criminal justice, and workforce development). These awards will advance understandings of the relationship between opportunities, social conditions, and systems that affect Boys and Men of Color, and provide specificity in meeting the needs of certain communities. Through harnessing the ingenuity of such innovative ideas, RISE will make known the myriad ways of approaching solutions to both challenge and refine existing policies and practices that so often shortchange Boys and Men of Color. 

RISE Ideation Challenge Award Topic #1

Within a span of two years, the killing of unarmed Black men and boys by police officers has been a recurring theme in daily news cycles. Sadly, for many people of color, such headlines are not mere aberrations, but reminders of the realities they face in their communities. These types of unaccounted for killings by police are not a normative condition for people of color, despite prevailing narratives that engender such false belief. Data revealing the disproportionality with which this phenomenon occurs for men of color in general, and Black men and boys specifically, should alarm anyone, and spur her or him to come up with new ways to solve this issue. While statistics do not denote a dramatic rise or increase, over time, in the number of boys and men of color killed at the hands of police officers, recent media have highlighted the fact that the numbers continue to be disproportionate, “Of the 990 people who were killed by police officers in 2015, the Washington Post reported 258 (26%) of them were Black” (Williams, 2016). As of September 21, 2016, there have been 708 documented deaths in police shootings, 311 (44%) of which resulted in the deaths of boys and men of color (24% African American, 11% Hispanic, and 3.8% ‘other’) (The Guardian, 2016).

Williams, J. (2016, September 25). Police Shooting Statistics 2016: Are More Black People Killed By Officers Than Other Races? International Business Times. Retrieved from http://www.ibtimes.com

The Counted: People Killed in the US by the Police. (2016, September 21). The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database

Awardee Announcement

We issued the call, and more than 50 people responded with thoughtful and innovative solutions.  The chart below illustrates the self-identified categories of our applicant pool: 

Ideation Submission Categories

We are pleased to share with you the five RISE BMOC Ideation Challenge submissions that rose to the top. The Ideation Awardees and the title of their submission are listed in alphabetical order:

David Miller, Practitioner

Rashawn Ray, Scholar/Researcher

Robert Simmons, Practitioner

Cody Tarantini, Youth (13-24)

Celeste Winston, Scholar/Researcher

As you read through these thoughtful submissions, we encourage you to:

  • Share this announcement and the RISE BMOC Ideation Challenge submissions among your peers and networks and promote them via social media and other communication channels using the hash tag #risebmoc #risebmocideation; and
  • Consider how these ideas might be applicable in your communities;
  • Engage in thoughtful and authentic conversations with law enforcement; and
  • Engage young men and women of color to explore how this issue affects their lives, and encourage them to discuss their own innovative solutions.