CREI Poster with the words: Learning, Growth, Listening, Innovation, Communication, Action, and Reflection

California Libraries Cultivating Racial Equity and Inclusion (CREI)

Together we can cultivate and accelerate implementation of public library-specific strategies that build racial equity in internal and external library operations that benefit the communities we serve.

Califa Group, in partnership with the Marin County Free Library and Santa Monica Public Library, received a grant from the California State Library for CREI Initiative: California Libraries Cultivating Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative to be implemented in FY 2020-2021.

This was a one-year grant process for public library cohorts throughout the State of CA to participate in an immersive process, designed specifically for government organizations to infuse a race and equity focus into organizational outcomes and service delivery through evidence-based shifts in operations, processes and policies.

More Information about CREI

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Training for Participating Libraries

CREI Meeting 1: March 23-25, 2021*

CREI Meeting 2: June 8-10, 2021* 

CREI Meeting 3: August 10-12, 2021*

*All trainings and networking events were held virtually.

Congratulations to the participating libraries!

Word cloud of comments from CREI participants including: empowering, informative, community, challenging, necessary, transformative, overwhelming, and collaborative.