Local business crosses all barriers, comes in all colors, and is a beacon of light leading to
prosperous communities. As the foundation of our local economies, local businesses reflect our
local cultures and anchor us in our neighborhoods, towns, and cities. As 95 percent of all
businesses in America, local businesses hold the power to enact substantial and real change.
Not with new laws or enforcement but with open hearts and minds. It is time to use our power
with intentional action to help bring unity in diversity to our country.
Institutional racism continues to widen the chasm of health, prosperity and united communities.
The recent cry from the streets has ignited us to act. We have the reach through our local
businesses to influence millions of employees and customers. Through our intentional actions,
in small ways and large, we can change America.
Unity in Diversity begins with opening your eyes to institutional racism and progressing to steps you choose to lessen its impact. This program leads you to discover what your actions will be through thoughtful exploration of our current condition; assessment on what your goals might be; and what tools you need to complete the actions to achieve your goal.
We do not believe there is a “one size fits all” answer. Instead, we are focused on several pieces of the puzzle to provide practical guides and tools
for having these important and sometimes difficult conversations in your own business or community. Each of these segments include a toolkit readily available, as well as a catalog of resources.
We begin with understanding how our culture arrived at this point. Where did the idea of racism come from? How is it embedded in our culture and institutions? This isn’t to lay blame on anyone but we can’t determine where we’re going without understanding where we come from first. The tools for this segment include:
We provide guidance for business owners and community stakeholders to have discussions and to draw some conclusions about what your official position is as a business organization with regard to race, diversity and unity.
The country is awakening to the impact of institutional racism and we are taking actions and making decisions based on our values. As a local business leader, you can take positive and constructive unifying actions that show your team and your community a better way.
It is important to determine your own steps reaching equity in diversity. It’s about so much more than checking the box or token hires. Once your own position is solidified, become a local leader by example. Inspire others, not by criticizing but by shining example. Show others that they, too, can be the change that happens step by step.