New Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Jennifer A. Ingram.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati is proud to announce that Jennifer A. Ingram, formerly the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, has been promoted to the newly created office of Vice President. Ingram will implement the United Way’s vision of integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into all of the organization’s operational areas and the community, with a four-pillar strategy that focuses on the workforce, workplace, community, and commerce.
For Ingram, this is the result of a long-lasting commitment towards fostering an authentic appreciation for all dimensions of the human experience and ensuring that everyone within our region is treated with dignity, respect, and has the opportunity to thrive. Her promotion elevates the strategy to a priority that is being integrated throughout the United Way business plan.
“I am excited to deepen partnerships with stakeholders and community members to implement specific actions that will create a more inclusive and equitable community for all. This is a marathon, not a sprint. I’m looking forward to transparently sharing our learning journey with other organizations committed to embracing diversity and innovation” said Ingram.
UWGC is committed to promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace and the community. Therefore, the organization is engaging in various projects.
“Champions of Change” Initiative Launches
Racial disparities in our region have been well-documented in countless reports. Beyond just disparities in outcomes, research points to a disparity in investment in solutions. In 2017, the Black-Led Social Change study was conducted and asked a central question: How might United Way increase its investment in community-based, Black-Led ideas by 2019? United Way is launching the first concept from the study - a new program called "Champions of Change". The organization accepted applications for community leaders in the Greater Cincinnati area that are interested in working together to invent a new way to fund and support promising community-based, Black- led efforts that have the potential to reduce poverty and build wealth. The Champions will be asked to operate for a year, making decisions on how to implement solutions and invest funds provided by United Way. The ideas funded by Champions “may not look like the traditional 501c3,” said Jena Bradley, manager of the agency's Community Impact team. In the three-week window that the application was open, a wide and diverse number of people applied, demonstrating great interest in this concept. The Champions will be selected, announced, and begin working in mid-May.
The Cincinnati Project will study United Way
After a comprehensive evaluation process, United Way has chosen The Cincinnati Project at the University of Cincinnati to conduct Phase 1 of a wide-ranging analysis of the organization. The Cincinnati Project was one of 18 prospective vendors who bid on the project. The team will conduct a holistic equity audit and an organizational climate assessment that will last through mid-2020.
“This research project will allow us to engage the community for feedback and implement evidence- based solutions around diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization to better serve our communities,” said VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Jennifer Ingram.