Equity and Inclusion

Our Diversity Equity Inclusion Statement

The Northwest Michigan Community Development Coalition exists to foster cross-sector collaboration, in order to address big regional challenges. We envision our region becoming a great place to live, work, and play—where we:

  • Uplift community members as leaders.
  • Provide access to healthy food, quality healthcare and mental health services, and attainable housing options for all.
  • Care for our local environment and address climate change.
  • Nurture an active arts and culture scene that all community members can enjoy. Simply put, we envision thriving people in thriving places.

We understand that our neighbors across Northwest Lower Michigan have different needs and that we must align our efforts, advocacy and resources in an equitable way, including with communities and partners that have historically been marginalized and impacted by disinvestment.

We recognize the systemic racism and long-standing injustices in the history of the United States and Northwest Michigan and are working to acknowledge the impact of these systems on our communities. We are also working toward creating a future where all people have the ability to achieve what they want for their lives.

We know that to achieve inclusive, healthy, resilient, and thriving communities, all people in our region must have equitable access to the resources they need to reach their full potential. We are committed to using our collective leadership, resources, and voices to build a better future for the diverse people and places of our community.

This is how we can work together to truly enhance the quality of life in our region for all people.

Note: What do we mean by diversity?
We believe diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, economic circumstances, zip code, age, health and ability status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, resident or immigration status, national origin, veteran status, or religion.