Embracing Equity in Racine County
After 2 years of Community Conversations devoted to the subject of race, equity, and inclusion, we have developed a better understanding of the challenges our community faces when it comes to racial inequities. These inequities contribute to the disparities we see in the areas of health, education, and financial stability and will continue to hold us back unless we address them. Below, you’ll learn about the tactics United Way of Racine County has developed to help bring our community together, better understand each other, and move us forward. You'll also learn how you can stay involved.
Declaration of Inclusion
United Way of Racine County is asking the community to be part of the movement of inclusion—the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—by signing a “Declaration of Inclusion” pledge. This pledge asks individuals to respect and appreciate all aspects of any person, including race, religion, skin color, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical abilities, age, parental status, work and behavioral styles, and the perspectives of each individual as shaped by their nation, culture, and experiences. In addition to taking the personal pledge, United Way of Racine County will help individuals build their “equity muscle” through a quarterly newsletter with various resources, events, and ways to stay involved. Take the pledge.
United Way of Racine County is creating a community-wide Diversity Council. The council is designed to engage business partners around the focus areas of race, equity, and inclusion. Research indicates organizations that tie diversity and inclusion to their business strategies increase performance, productivity and customer satisfaction. Through the support of United Way, members will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly meetings focused on five essential components of diversity in the workplace: situation, strategy, structure, skills and knowledge, and sustainability. The goal of the council is to provide business representatives with the training and support to create diversity and inclusion strategies in their own workplace, resulting in more diverse, inclusive workplaces aligned with organizational goals. Interested organizations are encouraged to fill out our Diversity Council Interest Form.
United Way of Racine County has joined together with Racine County, Higher Expectations for Racine County, and Visioning a Greater Racine to host the first community-wide diversity celebration to be held in Racine County. “OneRacine” is the result of one of the top solutions identified by participants in our past two years of Community Conversations on race, equity, and inclusion. Participants expressed their desire for an event in which all members of the community could come together to learn about and celebrate cultural differences. “OneRacine” will be held Saturday, October 6 at Festival Hall. Admission to this event is free and will offer community resources, live performances, and many multicultural foods and items for purchase.
Read our latest Community Conversations Report