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San Diego groups create fund for Black community investments, Wilma Wooten scholarship

09/24/20

 

“The simple reality is that we are not meeting that standard today,” he said, adding that the pandemic has exacerbated injustice. “COVID-19 did not create these inequities, but it has highlighted them in a way we simply cannot ignore.”The fund will support homeownership initiatives, along with projects that address systemic educational challenges, provide workforce training programs, and offer financial support for new entrepreneurs via low-interest loans and grants. Organizers said they have not yet decided on specific budgets for each goal, but will determine how to divvy up the $1.3 million “in the coming weeks and months.”As part of its focus on education, the Black Community Investment Fund is creating a scholarship program that honors San Diego County Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. Wooten has served in her current role since 2007, overseeing nearly 500 employees with a budget of more than $100 million. Fletcher said the scholarship, specifically targeted to students seeking careers in the health sciences, is meant to honor “the conviction, the courage, and the trailblazing nature” that the county sees every day as Wooten has faced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  READ MORE