Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The mission of Brown County United Way is to unite people, resources, and ideas to create community solutions that strengthen EVERY person in EVERY community. Pre-pandemic data from our own 2018 ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) Report, released in July 2020 revealed that 78% of Black households and 47% of Hispanic households lived below the ALICE Threshold compared to 33% of Caucasian households.
These statistics reflect the grim reality of life in Brown County and require us to recognize, understand and act against racism and racial inequity. The 21 Week Equity Challenge is designed to help us explore difficult topics, create space for open dialogue and leverage our learnings so that we can become champions of equity in our personal and professional lives.
This page will be updated regularly with selected resources from the Challenge as well as other impactful materials. We invite you to join us on this journey toward fulfilling the vision of an inclusive community where ALL individuals can meet their basic needs and have equal opportunity for stability in their health, education and financial well-being, and connection to community.
- Speak Up! Handbook: Responding to Everyday Bigotry (PDF, long read, source to reference)
- What it Means to be a Wisconsinite (8/4/20 Milwaukee Magazine article, 10 minute read)
- Who gets to be Afraid in America? (5/12/20 article Atlantic Magazine, 7 minute read *REQUIRES SUBSCRIPTION)
- Black Oxygen: Gabe Doyle (1:13:42) *NO LONGER AVAILABLE
A United Way Forward
The events involving the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have once again made us painfully aware of the divisions and inequities which undermine the well-being of our community and communities across our nation. These deaths, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, highlight the continued health, education and economic disparities that exist within our communities of color. Data demonstrates that Wisconsin has the dubious distinction of being the worst place for an African American person or family to live. This should and must be of concern to us all.
Brown County United Way’s mission is to unite people, resources and ideas to create community solutions that strengthen every person and every community in Brown County. As an example, BCUW is focused on learning from and advocating for those in our community who are living in poverty as defined by the Federal Poverty Level and those who are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). We envision an inclusive community where all individuals are able to meet their basic needs and have equal opportunity for stability in their health, education, financial well-being and community connection. Current events clearly demonstrate that physical and emotional safety, as well as the recognition of the need for healing from recent and historic traumas, is essential for us to achieve this vision.
As we look to the immediate future and beyond, BCUW will continue to engage in the necessary systemic advocacy work that will bring about lasting change both within our organization and throughout our community. Our history of collaboration with diverse stakeholders will and must continue so that multiple perspectives are represented, respected and engaged as we forge the path forward. Now more than ever, we need to Live United. Silence is not an option. The Brown County United Way Board of Directors and staff will do our part to show up, listen, share our voices in ongoing community conversations and be part of the solutions.
Robyn Davis, President & CEO Brown County United Way
Adam Jackson, Chairman Board of Directors Brown County United Way