United Way releases Community Conversations report

Higher Expectations' work with United Way of Racine County on Race, Equity, and Inclusion was highlighted at United Way's Community Conversations 2017 Report Out to the Community.

During the 2016-17 Community Conversations cycle, United Way engaged more than one hundred participants in ten discussions focused on race and equity in Racine County.

In July, hundreds of community members joined United Way at their Report Out Event to hear their findings - from the data in their community indicators report to the views of community members who participated in this year's conversations. During the event, United Way President Rodney Prunty drew a line from community data to action:

“The numbers present a tough reality,” said United Way of Racine County President Rodney Prunty. “However, it’s important to illuminate these disparities so we can engage the community to address them. Our increased understanding of Racine County’s racial inequities will help us build the inclusive, equitable community we all want and need to be competitive, both now and into the future.”

Attendees also learned about ways to participate in this important work. United Way shared information about key initiatives that exist in the community to address racial inequities, including Higher Expectations' Leadership Program on Race, Equity and Inclusion that took place over three months in 2017. In partnership with United Way, the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, Racine Unified School District, and the Racine Police Department, we brought thirty community leaders together around key community outcomes to take action on racial inequities in Racine County. Now, these participants are working to implement strategies that could begin to move the needle on racial inequities.

You can read coverage of United Way's Report Out event in the Journal Times.