Equity & Inclusion

Equity & Inclusion

Diversity is a journey.

We believe diversity goes beyond visible differences and affirms the essence of all individuals including the realities, background, experiences, skills and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to Live United.

United Way is an asset to the community as we work together to overcome bias. Our strength lies in our partnerships with hundreds of local individuals and organizations. Only by working together can we overcome the complex issues that face our community, including hunger, teen pregnancy, infant mortality, unemployment and underemployment, and mass incarceration. United we fight, United we win.

Our Work

At United Way, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our local community. That work begins with convening diverse perspectives to fight our community’s most pressing issues and in understanding that not everyone enters life with the same advantages and opportunities.

Here is a look at our current work and opportunities to get involved.

Boys & Men of Color

In Milwaukee, our boys and men of color face significant challenges that require specific, purposeful focus. The Boys & Men of Color portfolio will expand United Way’s partnership with community-based organizations, youth and adult residents, law enforcement, education, health system leaders, and faith-based advocates to collectively address facing males of color in our community. Learn more.

Diversity Leadership Society

The Diversity Leadership Society is a diverse group of individuals that are working to ensure every family in the counties of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington has the opportunity to flourish; no matter their diversity of thought, gender, age, ethnicity, and geography. Learn more.

Partnership MKE

Partnership MKE is a new initiative that aims to break down barriers and destroy bias by pairing individual community leaders across lines of difference. Through a focus on cohesion, inclusion, and overcoming divisions, Partnership MKE aims to build social capital and spur critical conversations about bias among our community’s leadership. Learn more.

Project LEAD

Project LEAD is an in-depth six-week training program prepares community members for leadership roles on nonprofit boards and committees, with an emphasis on recruiting participants from underrepresented board populations (women, racially and ethnically diverse, young professionals). Learn more.

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