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Washtenaw United: Rooting Out Implicit Bias And Working For Equity

Yodit Mesfin Johnson
United Way of Washtenaw County

Implicit bias plays a big role in how we collectively go about our lives.  It can shape personal viewpoints, public policy, and it often creates inequities that limit access to opportunity.  In this week’s, “Washtenaw United,” WEMU’s David Fair explores these issues with the incoming board chair of the United Way of Washtenaw County, Yodit Mesfin Johnson. 

WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw Countyto explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area.  And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services.  It is a community voice.  It is 'Washtenaw United.'


-          Yodit Mesfin Johnson, COO at NEW, Presently Vice Chair of United Way’s Board of Directors.  Later this month, she will become the first African American woman to chair the UWWC Board. 

-          UWWC is committed to advancing justice through a focus on equity in all its work.  Helping people learn how to flex their equity muscle is one way to do that.  Learn more about the UWWC equity vision and statement here.

-          You can take an implicit bias test.

-          UWWC Equity Policy

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu

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