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United Way's Equity Statement

United Way of Bartholomew County stands with everyone impacted by actions of discrimination. 

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

Our work involves identifying the issues that pose the greatest challenges for our community. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are a continuing part of our conversations.  We plan to use the voices of the community to play our role in affecting positive change for all. 

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. 

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