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Washtenaw United: 'Centering Justice' Giving Voice To Movement Toward Racial Equality And Justice

Nonprofit Enterprise at Work

All too often, when public discourse centers on issues of racial equality and justice, the voices we hear from are from white people.  Ann Arbor-based NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work) is changing that by putting forth leaders in the Black community to lead the conversations.  The online series is called "Centering Justice."  Will Jones III is Relationship Manager at NEW.  He joined WEMU's David Fair on this week's edition of "Washtenaw United" to discuss racism and the task of creating meaningful and lasting change. 

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.'


As Relationship Manager, Will serves as a liaison between NEW’s key stakeholders and partners, like our fellow nonprofits, community partners, and donors.  Believing that relationships in today’s world often are built before people meet face-to-face, Will also manages the bulk of NEW’s marketing and social media communications, including our regularly distributed newsletter.  A proud graduate of both Eastern Michigan and Michigan State Universities, Will received his Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from EMU in 2019, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from MSU in 2011.  He brings the systems-oriented thinking and strategic mindset he developed in school to every aspect of his work, helping balance NEW’s tight line of mission and margin.


Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW)

Centering Justice Event


Recognizing that local nonprofits navigating the COVID-19 pandemic were collectively coping with unprecedented community conditions, and that the people staffing these organizations were facing working conditions unlike anything we’ve confronted previously, UWWC invested $10,000 in NEW through its COVID-19 Community Relief Fund so that NEW could convene a space regularly where local practitioners could gather, sensemake and imagine our future, together.

Given the resounding success of the first installment of “Centering Justice”, and the continued interest by local nonprofits and practitioners in the series, UWWC invested another $10,000 in NEW through its COVID-19 Recovery Fund so that this space could continue to be held, and crucial conversations had throughout the fall.

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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

Contact David: dfair@emich.edu
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