Embracing Equity in Bartholomew County

After three years of conversations devoted to the subject of race, equity and inclusion, United Way of Bartholomew County has developed a better understanding of the challenges our community faces when it comes to inequity. These inequities contribute to the disparities we see in the areas of health, education and financial stability and will continue to hold us back unless we address them. Below, you’ll learn about the tactics United Way of Bartholomew County has developed to help unite our community, better understand each other, and move us forward. You'll also learn how you can stay involved. 

To view our 2020 equity and inclusion report, please click here. 

Imagine Columbus

Imagine Columbus is a cross-sector coalition (public, private, not-for-profit) that works across the many domains of inclusion: gender, race/ethnicity, LGBQT+, socio-economic status, age, disability, and religion.

Through engaging community members in meaningful discussions and actions, Imagine Columbus seeks to answer the question:  How might we work together to become a more inclusive community? 

Over five months, the Guiding Team held a series of listening sessions on race relations to better gauge the opinions of those living in our community who have dealt with issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for their entire lives. Twenty-three sessions were held with over 220 people contributing their voices. These groups included Black, Latino, and Spanish-speaking, Muslim, Asian-American, Caucasian, and Hindu communities. To see a report of these conversations, click here

Click here to watch a video which highlights the importance of inclusion in our community.

For more information please contact the Imagine Columbus convener, Joy King at jking@uwbarthco.org

Racism and Equity

Nationwide protests in response to racial injustice have called attention to the underlying racism, prejudice and privilege that prevent too many people from being treated with the humanity and respect they deserve.   

United Way of Bartholomew County stands with everyone impacted by the recent acts of racism and violence, as well as with those who have been affected by these issues since long before the protests began.

As a community, we can and must do better to guarantee that the basic human rights, freedoms, and opportunities of every person in our community are protected. We must come together to call out discrimination and demand its removal from our community; otherwise, we are endorsing the status quo and are complicit in the abuses that follow.

Part of our mission has always been to identify the issues that pose the greatest challenges for our community. Race, equity and inclusion have always been a part of our conversations, and moving forward, we plan to use what we have gathered to play our role in affecting change for the community. 

After all, one thing is clear: we all have a role to play in creating a more equitable future.

We are asking you to stand United to make our community the place it needs to be – equitable, respectful and opportunity-filled for all individuals.

Columbus Bicentennial

Our Community Conversations event, along with Imagine Columbus, is a proud partner of the Columbus Area Bicentennial. 

Our group and events align with the Bicentennial goal of celebrating and exploring common ground as part of the Columbus Area Bicentennial.  To learn more about the Columbus Area Bicentennial, click here.