Inclusion is a journey, not a destination.
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. Equity 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.
At United Way, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our local community. We cannot stand by as Milwaukee is rated year-after-year as one of the worst locations to raise a child of color, to be a man or boy of color, and to have the opportunity to live a successful life.
Our solution is the same as always: to live better, we must live United.
This 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.
Across all initiatives, projects, and networks, our work in diversity centers has three areas of focus: equity, education, and mentorship.
Here is a look at our current work and opportunities to get involved.
UW Credit Union Fund for Racial Equity
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, through the generous partnership with our friends at UW Credit Union, created a $500,000 Fund for Racial Equity to combat the negative impacts Black and Brown Community have persistently experienced for generations. Communities of Color have been disproportionately devastated by the intersecting crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism. 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.
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.
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.
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.