Serving as a catalyst for change, we develop, organize and empower individuals and communities to advance equity and opportunity for all.

As 2017 draws to a close, I encourage you to make the Michigan Roundtable one of the organizations you include among the valuable causes you support. As racism and hatred reared their ugly head this past year, we were called to convene difficult conversations in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Kalkaska, Flint, Benton Harbor and throughout metro Detroit. Two events from this past year help tell the story of the value of the work you make possible with your support.

Dear Friends,

Since the election we have had many requests to help communities and workplaces hold deep conversations about race. This past March we partnered with Metro Solutions and Professor Peter Hammer of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State Law School, using our exhibit on Housing segregation which was presented in over 40 venues this past year to help participants understand the lived consequences of having been raised in this region, which we bring with us to the work place and manifest as micro-aggressions and unconscious bias. Pictured above is Roundtable consultant Freda G. Sampson leading participants in an understanding of how to engage co-workers across their deeply held beliefs and opinions.

On Friday, Dec. 1st, our First Friday Forum, now in its fifth year of holding conversations on spatial racism, attended by over 1,000 metro Detroiters this past year, featured a conversation about the intersection of race and immigration in Hamtramck.  This forum was completely youth led, from planning to execution. It continues to be an honor seeing our youth interns enhance their leadership during their 14 months with us.  Pictured from right to left is Roundtable Regional Youth Intern Maddi Carpenter-Crawford (moderator), former intern Rumyah Rafique, historian Jamon Jordan and community organizer Shaffwan Ahmed.

We rely on donors like you to make sure our organization can bring people together across our differences to understand our history, each other and the work to be done to advance inclusion.  Therefore, we ask you to help us by making a gift to the Michigan Roundtable.  Gifts can be made through this link, or calling (313) 870-1500.

 

The Journey to Unity and Equity takes work.  Let’s do it together.

 

Your Friend and Ally,

Steve Spreitzer

President & CEO

Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion | 525 New Center One - 3031 W. Grand Boulevard | Detroit, Michigan 48202

Phone: 313-870-1500 - Fax: 313-870-1501