Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement


Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement


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Give to the root and you’ll nourish all the branches.

Led by United Way's Diversity Leadership Society, this initiative is anchored in the belief that all adults of working age should have the opportunity to obtain permanent employment with a livable wage at a workplace where they are treated with dignity and have opportunities for advancement. This helps families create safer, more stable, and healthier homes.

In the second quarter of 2021, the Black unemployment rate in the US was 9.2% as compared to the white unemployment rate of 5.1%.

Together we can get to the root of that problem. It starts with systemic change. To dismantle systemic inequities means we change those systems that are not working. It means we invest in people in order to produce better outcomes. 


Education, training, and credentials
Supporting programs that help adults obtain their GED, learn a new skill or trade, or earn a new certification.


Supporting programs that provide innovative transportation solutions and/or assist with driver’s license recovery.

Involvement in the justice system
Advocating for policy change that assists individuals who were involved in the justice system, with a focus on strengthening workplace re-entry

Diverse talent retention
Collaborating and advancing equitable research and evaluation to retain diverse talent in Wisconsin.

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Special Thanks to our Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement Sponsor



Bridging Barriers Webinar

This webinar, discusses why United Way's Diversity Leadership Society is focused on Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement and why it is not only good for individuals seeking employment, but good for the entire business community.

Moderated by Jasmine Johnson.

Panelists included: Toni White, Employ Milwaukee; Dave Steele, Regional Transit Leadership Council; Judge Derek Mosley, Milwaukee Municipal Court; Timothy R. Sheehy, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

Recorded October 28, 2020.

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Funded Partners

View agencies that are funded by the Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement Grant here.

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