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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We’re committed to making our region a better place to live, work and thrive for everyone. We align resources and build partnerships that work together effectively for all and position our region for a better tomorrow.

HOW WE BUILD DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

VALUING EVERY VOICE

Creating a community that’s a safe, healthy home for all is central to everything we do. We partner with programs and agencies that create equitable conditions and opportunities across our region to help all people live their best possible lives.

MEASURING RACIAL EQUITY

The Equity Indicators Project measures racial equity across 72 indicators to address the Ferguson Commission’s Signature Calls to Action. A collaboration between United Way, the City of St. Louis and Forward Through Ferguson, it will illuminate the state of racial equity in St. Louis and track progress over time.

BLACK MALE SUCCESS

The Regional Consortium of Higher Education Initiatives Supporting Black Male Success is a network of St. Louis area colleges and universities committed to educating and graduating male African American students. By sharing resources and data and aligning programs, the group is creating new pathways to success.

BUILDING UNION DIVERSITY

Building a diverse workforce is vital for our growing economy. As a convening partner in the Building Union Diversity program, we’re helping to connect women and minority workers with high-demand jobs in the construction industry.

ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE

We value and are committed to the richness of diversity in all aspects of our organization, our partners and those we serve. Our internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee continues to develop strategies that recognize diverse experiences in the workplace, advise staff leadership to create a more diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment and evaluate our progress.

The Tools to Succeed

Deric Mills, 52, had the drive to build his dream career in construction—he just needed the right tools. Now, with some help from United Way, Deric enjoys a fulfilling job and promising future.

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Leading the Way

Attitudes about disabilities and accessibility are changing. Read more about the local volunteer group leading the charge to create a more accessible arts and culture scene.

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