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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 County to 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 at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
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