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Organizational Management Fellow – Rayshuna Thomas 

Name: Rayshuna Thomas

Hometown: Compton, CA

College/ Degree: UC Riverside B.A. Political Science/Law and Society, B.A. African American Studies

The BEI is important because it allows for all Black-Led Organizations to come together and connect on the issues that affect the Black community in the Inland Empire.

Scope of Work:

Black Equity Initiative O.M Presentation

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BEI Mapping Questions 

Systems Change Fellow – Arthur Levine 

Arthur Levine, is originally from the east coast hailing from New York City, but has lived in Southern California since 2009. He graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont gaining a B.A. in Neuroscience. He is currently enrolled in the MS program for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona’s Lyle Center. For Arthur, Being part of the BEI initiative is important now more than ever given the attacks on Black life, voting rights and disproportionate impacts of many intersectional issues on Black Folks. Black people in the US and across the globe have been part of building a more just and democratic society where everyone can thrive.  When Black folks are free we will all be free. Participating in BEI as a fellow is contributing to that vision.

Scope of Work:

BEI Systems Change Fellowship Presentation

Grant Writing Information

Inland Empire Decision Maker Database

Power Mapping Tool

Communications Fellow – Kameron Pyant

Kameron Pyant was born in Pomona and raised in Victorville.

Currently living within the Inland Empire, Pyant studied at California State University, San Bernardino – where he obtained his B.A in English – Creative Writing in December 2021. For Pyant, being apart of the BEI came as second nature because dismantling racism and systems of oppression, while also providing advocacy and representation for melanated Americans has always been at the forefront of his mind and a drive of his. Joining and working with organizations such as the BEI is essential and necessary for progress within marginalized communities. For as long as there is one person or community that is oppressed; humans as a collective should feel oppressed because we are all a part of the same race, and we all deserve freedom, liberty, tranquility and every other inalienable right.

Scope of Work:

BEI Docuseries Interview Questions .docx