DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr.


UNITED WAY OF MIDLAND COUNTY’S DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT

United Way of Midland County stands firmly against all acts of discrimination by individuals, organizations and systems that prevent community members from reaching their full potential based on race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. As a board and staff, we commit to serving as a leader and partner with those committed to diversity, equity and inclusion; changing our mindset and challenging and confronting our beliefs, policies, and practices.

There is a long history of racism, discrimination, and segregation within our country within the systems, policies and institutional patterns which has adversely impacted outcomes (economics, health, youth success and household stability) for marginalized members of our community. Because of our visibility and reach, we believe that the work of United Way of Midland County must be a force in driving positive disruption of these practices.

United Way commits to discussing, challenging, and openly confronting racism and all other forms of discrimination in ourselves, each other, and our organization and integrate and ingrain our learning into our daily practice and decision-making processes and educating others to create a more equitable community.

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Disability Equity Challenge August 1 – 26.

    During the month of August, United Ways from across the Great Lakes Bay Region are partnering with Disability Network of Mid-Michigan to present the 21-Day Disability Equity Challenge. This statewide effort to explore disability from a position of equity and pride is designed to raise awareness, increase understanding, and shift perspectives about disability in our culture.

    • Receive an email every weekday beginning August 1 – 26 with links to recommended articles, videos, podcasts, and more
    • Daily Topics include ableism, the history of the disability justice movement, intersectionality, language, accessibility, and systemic inequalities for people with disabilities, allyship, and disability pride.
    • Discuss what you’ve learned with fellow community members during the virtual Summit on August 30 from 12-1pm.

    Registration is Closed. Please check back for future equity challenges.

    COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES

    Lifting our voice to take action begins with awareness. Together, we can take steps to continue building a community that is committed to improving diversity, equity and inclusion.