United Way Washtenaw County Hosting Series of Community Conversations

This summer, from June 19 -July 9, United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) hosted a 21-Day Equity Challenge to build community awareness on the ways that bias, prejudice, privilege, and oppression show up in our work and lives. UWWC has hosted four equity challenges and more than 10,000 people have participated. Our equity work continues.

UWWC, in partnership with ChangeWorks LLC., will host its first in a series of quarterly virtual Community Conversations to continue learning and action beyond the 21-day Equity Challenge. The first one is On October 19th from 12-1:30pm via Zoom.

“We have heard from prior Equity Challenge participants that they wanted to continue the conversation and create a space for learning and action.”, shared Pam Smith, UWWC CEO “ The conversations will explore how individuals can advance racial equity and disrupt the impacts of racism, within themselves, their workplace, and community.”

This first conversation will be focused on Children, Schools, and Parenting and the intersection of race and racial identity to:

● Explore more deeply how racial justice concerns affect your life.

● Deepen your understanding of the impacts of structural racism on others.

● Identify the structural racism dynamics that generate these lived experiences.

● Identify steps you can take, alone or with others, to promote racial justice.

A panel discussion features parents of children enrolled in public schools– Yen Azzaro, Alisha Spencer, and Xan Morgan– and offers facilitated breakout groups to continue the conversation.
Designed with prior participants of 21 Day Equity Challenges, and open to everyone committed to addressing racial inequity, we invite you to click here to RSVP for the 1st conversation.

About United Way of Washtenaw County
As part of our 100-year history, the United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, organizations and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. Our focus areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability provide the building blocks to strengthen the community and create opportunities for individuals and families. Our virtual Volunteer Center is an easy, online way for people to connect with nonprofits in the community and our 2-1-1 helpline connects more than 8,000 people annually to critically needed services. To learn more, donate, or volunteer, visit uwgive.org.