To promote understanding and respect for all faiths, races and cultures through education, advocacy, dialog and conflict resolution. We train inclusive leaders, create safe havens for frank conversation and highlight the strengths of a diverse community. Signature programs include Student Voices, MetroTown, Clergy Dialogue, Silver Medallion Humanitarian Dinner and Award, CAN WE TALK public forum, Emerging Leaders, Herald Roundtable, Headliner Breakfast.
Student Voices panelists train by via an exercise in trust.
Camp MetroTown delegates. MetroTown is a leadership diversity camp bringing together youth from every background with a focus on empathy and social justice.
The MCCJ Clergy Dialogue, the oldest such group in the United States, at its annual interfaith service.
MCCJClergy Dialogue takes a stand against the anti Islamic political rhetoric with a proclamation.
Annual public forum: CAN WE TALK? REALLY, CAN WE TALK?
Student Voices is a diversity training, anti-bullying and inclusive leadership program through storytelling designed to explore the similarities and differences among Miami youth of different backgrounds and foster an appreciation and respect for that diversity. Youth undergo a two-day training session to develop insights and new views of themselves; an understanding of their own prejudices, new understanding of the background of others, respect for those who are perceived to be different from themselves, and knowledge of the social problems confronting our society. These insights are explored with the participating trainees representing various demographics. Following the training, counselors schedule panel presentations where the trained panelists share their experiences with their school peers, stimulating dialogue, assist in identifying social issues and/or clarifying misconceptions.
MetroTown is a six-day residential summer camp at the campus of St. Thomas University. The residential program brings 50 youth from across Miami-Dade County together for a week of exercises, activities, and simulations that stimulate dialogue around areas of diversity and inclusion. By the end of the week, delegates break down barriers, overcome challenges, gain new understandings, and form lasting friendships. Delegates return to their schools and communities empowered to serve as allies and make the change they want to see in their communities. The program aims to reduce intergroup tensions and promote understanding and respect for diverse backgrounds. In addition, MetroTown trains young leaders to become civic-minded advocates for change and take responsibility for building just, inclusive communities. Delegates are provided with the tools to identify prejudice and recognize their own privileges, rights, and responsibilities and tackle challenging topics such as racial differences, ethnicity, religion, gender, orientation, socio-economic status, and other social identifiers.
Interfaith Clergy Dialogue
MCCJ's Interfaith Clergy Dialogue is the oldest in the country and celebrates the diversity of different faiths and the spiritual richness of Miami’s 00multicultural community. The Interfaith Dialogue allows rabbis, priests, imams, and ministers to gather monthly to share scholarship and conversations about current challenges within the faith community, offering healing and solace privately and publicly. Amid increasing tensions surrounding race relations, social inequalities, and rampant discrimination, the group recognizes the need to come together to seek wholeness. A variety of interfaith services, private and public conversations are held annually in different houses of worship, community and educational organization.
Brian S. Dervishi
Weissman & Dervishi, PA
Rev. Priscilla Felisky Whitehead
VP for PUblic Policy
Protestant Minister (retired)
Johann A. Ali
GAIA Consulting Partners, LLC
Sheryl M. Tropin
Immediate Past Chair
Nestor A. Rodriguez
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.