Diversity

Embracing Our Differences / embracingourdifferences.org

This edition of "Art and Soul" focuses on the visual arts. WEMU's Lisa Barry and the executive director of CultureSource, Omari Rush, talk with Nancy Margolis. She is an Ann Arbor activist in the process of putting together an event using the transformative power of art to spark community conversations on diversity.


Flickr

There will be no deer cull in Ann Arbor this year.

Pam Smith
Pam Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

This year marks the United Way of Washtenaw County's 100th anniversary.  Appropriately enough, "Washtenaw United" has now surpassed 100 episodes on WEMU.  David Fair marks both milestones in a conversation with UWWC president and CEO Pam Smith and touches on what the future holds. 


Yen Azzaro
The Paper Pusher / thepaperpusher.co

Yen Azzaro: graphic recorder, illustrator, serial creative entrepreneur, and arts activist.  She founded The Paper Pusher and applies her talent for the common good and understanding.  She tells Creative Washtenaw's Deb Polich and WEMU's David Fair how she now needs her community to rise up for her and other Asian Americans experiencing racism and acts of violence.  Hear her story on this edition of "creative:impact."


Yodit Mesfin-Johnson
Nonprofit Enterprise At Work / new.org

Yodit Mesfin-Johnson has been a community activist all her adult life.  She serves as president adn CEO of  Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) in Ann Arbor, is active in Black Lives Matter, and is on the board of the United Way of Washtenaw County.  It is her mission to create equity in marginalized communities and put more people of color at leadership tables to ensure diversity and equality in our communities.  In the final Women's History Month edition of "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair talks with Mesfin-Johnson about her life, career, and the foundations she is helping build for future generations.

Ingrid Racine
Ingrid Racine / ingridracine.com

The U.S. should be awash in the art and culture of its Native Americans, immigrants, and the rest of the world.  Yet, it is dominated by Eurocentric influences.  Knowing that and how art is able to build cultural understanding, the U-M Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) started 20 years ago to provide an arts and cultural worldview to students, faculty, and local residents.  Ingrid Racine, a CWPS alum and now its program coordinator, takes Deb Polich and David Fair on a global "creative:impact" journey.  Listen here.


Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meet tonight, and one resolution is aimed at cultivating a culture of inclusivity within the Sheriff’s Office.  We have more from WEMU’s Heather Irvine.


City Of Ann Arbor Discusses Goals For 2021 And Beyond

Dec 15, 2020
City of Ann Arbor

On Monday night, Ann Arbor’s city council discussed goals the city has set for 2021 and beyond.  


YCS

Artwork produced by Ypsilanti Community Schools students is on display at six local businesses after their original show in Washington D.C. was cancelled, due to COVID-19.  

Saline Area Schools
Saline Area Schools / salineschools.org

Saline Area Schools is putting together a diversity, equity, and inclusion plan after racist incidents occurred prior to the Coronavirus shutdown.  WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the details.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Over 100 people attended a community conversation Thursday night hosted by Saline Area Schools.  It centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


Belinda Dulin
David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

Conflict resolution is not an easy task, which is why the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) was created.  For several years, it has worked toward bringing peaceful and equitable solutions to local conflicts in both Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.  DRC executive director Belinda Dulin joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about the center's mission in this week's "Washtenaw United."


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Saline Area Schools hosted a community conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion this morning after students from their district made racist comments against black people on social media last weekend.  Since it was held during the day, only parents and community members attended the meeting.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan was there and has the story. 


Melvin Parsons
Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

There are many ways to work towards equity and opportunity in our community, but urban farming might not be the first thing that comes to mind.  Melvin Parsons saw the trade as a way forward for himself and is now expanding and giving back through his "We the People Growers Association" and the "We the People Opportunity Center."  Parson joined WEMU's David Fair for this week's installment of "Washtenaw United."


Focus On EMU: Diversity Campus Climate Assessment

Oct 5, 2019
EMU - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

On this week's "Focus On EMU," host Patrick Campion sits down with Dr. Ronald Woods, DCCAC Chair Dibya Choudhuri, and Student Body President Ethan Smith to talk about Diversity in Action, the campus wide assesment conducted by the Diversity Campus Climate Assessment Committee (DCCAC). 


Ann Arbor Hands on Museum / https://www.aahom.org/

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility.  Since The Americans With Disabilities Act was passed by Congress in 1990, accessibility has fortunately moved beyond a check list of "must meet" requirements to a desire to work towards making arts and cultural facilities and programs accessible to the broadest possible audiences.  And, it has not been by mandate.  The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum's 'My Turn' program is an example of this shift.  In 'creative:impact' this week, you'll meet Larissa Kunynskyj and Gwen Dunlop.  Larissa is the Accessibility Programs Coordinator at the Hands-On Museum.  Gwen is a parent whose personal experience led her to found and operate Aim High School to serve those on the autism spectrum and to help inspire the 'My Turn' program.  

Racist Fliers Found On EMU Campus

Sep 8, 2017

White supremacist literature has been discovered on the Eastern Michigan University campus. 

Lisa Barry

A special "comic-con" type event is being planned in Ypsilanti called "Hero Nation-Ypsilanti."

Organizer Jermaine Dickerson says it's an event designed to give a voice to those who might not feel heard.  It celebrates superheroes and diversity with the mission that everyone has a hero inside of themselves that deserves to be celebrated.

Dickerson joined 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry for a conversation about the free, family-friendly event taking place on September 9th at the Parkridge Community Center from 1-6 p.m.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's city council will meet tonight, and there's one subject that was not originally on the agenda that is expected to be discussed.