A montage of the Black Achievement & National CARES Mentoring Movement. Diana Morris, Open Society Institute - Baltimore
The Open Society Institute-Baltimore is part of the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs. OSI-Baltimore focuses on three intertwined problems: untreated drug addiction, overreliance on incarceration, and obstacles that impede youth from succeeding inside and outside the classroom. The Open Society Institute-Baltimore also supports the Community Fellows, a corps of social innovators who work to revitalize underserved communities.
Diana L. Morris, JD, is the director of OSI-Baltimore. From 1991-1997, she served as the executive director of the Blaustein Philanthropic Group, a set of eight family foundations based in Baltimore that awards local, national and international grants. Previously, Morris was a program ofcer at the Ford Foundation, first for refugee and migrant rights (1982-1987) and then for human rights and social justice for Eastern and Southern Africa (1987-1990). Morris began her career as an attorney-adviser for human rights and refugee matters in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Department of State.
Susan L. Taylor
Susan Taylor is synonymous with Essence magazine, the brand she built as its chief editor for nearly three decades. A legend in the magazine publishing world, her focus and passion today is the National CARES Mentoring Movement, a call to action, which she founded in 2005 as Essence CARES. The CARES mentoring movement is a massive campaign to recruit able adults to help secure the many Black children who are in peril and losing ground. The goals of National CARES are to increase high school graduation rates among African American students, end the violence in Black communities and the over-incarceration of our young. Susan Taylor is a native of Harlem. She received a bachelor of science degree from Fordham University.