The first Cincinnati-based community-wide, National Day of Racial Healing event on Tuesday, January 21, was a powerful and informative event.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati joined organizations across the nation to host the only registered event in the tristate region, designed to create opportunities for truth-telling and trust-building that lead to racial healing for a more just and equitable future.
Attendees were welcomed by compelling remarks from UWGC leader’s, Ross Meyer, Interim CEO and Jennifer Ingram, VP DEI on the importance of racial healing as a first step to address disproportionate rates of poverty experienced by African Americans in our region. Josh Poe, Co-Principal Investigator at Root Cause Research Center, delivered the history lesson many never received highlighting both the historical and present-day impact of redlining and strategies to counteract racism. The event concluded with a panel discussion of local experts that discussed opportunities and challenges around affordable housing, the broad prevalence of discrimination experienced by individuals that are racially/ethnically diverse, veterans, differently abled, and at various socioeconomic levels seeking housing , and the importance of citizens actively participating in civic engagement.
This community-wide event engaged more than 160 diverse community leaders, from non-profit organization, corporate partners, community members, United Way volunteers, and donors to deeply learn and dialogue together.
“Diversity is happening, inclusion is intentional, and equity is deliberate. We have been advancing our internal work for some time, but this event was just the beginning of our external engagement around these critically important topics. Applying an equity lens and understanding root causes is critical if we are ever going to be successful at addressing poverty in our region.” said Jen Ingram, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at United Way of Greater Cincinnati.