Article Archive: Racial Justice & Economic Equity

Statement from the Michigan Black Leadership Advisory Council (BLAC) on COVID-19 Protocols and Vaccine Hesitancy in the Black Community

Chamber Statement on Solidarity with the AAPI Community

W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Equity, Opportunity and Hope

March 24, 2021 W.W. Kellogg Foundation  New research is now available on the experiences of Black Americans in the U.S. private sector. Produced by McKinsey & Company, in collaboration with Walmart,…

Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall with GS3 Chief Executive Officer Lisa Lunsford: Diversity and Equity Must Be ‘intentional’

  The third installment of the Chamber’s Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall series delved into the perspective of Lisa Lunsford, chief executive officer and co-founder of the Michigan-based Global Strategic Supply Solutions (GS3). Lunsford,…

Comcast RISE Investment Fund to Detroit

Comcast has been working proactively to help small businesses throughout the United States that have been hit the hardest by the economic impact of the pandemic. In October of 2020,…

Black Economic Equity

Bernard Parker III, director of government relations at the Detroit Regional Chamber joined council President Jones along with Dr. Ken Harris, President/ CEO of the National Business League, Inc. and…

OP-ED: It’s Critical to Support Small and BIPOC-owned Businesses

By Pamela Dover While the pandemic’s ripple effect has impacted many businesses, a National Bureau of Economic Research from June 2020 revealed Black, Indigenous and People of Color-owned (BIPOC) organizations have taken…

Celebrating Black Leaders: State of Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights

During this session, Executive Director James White and Equity Officer Alfredo Hernandez discuss what employees should do if they encounter discrimination in the workplace and also how employers can create an…

Duke University Study: Governor Whitmer’s Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities “Making Lasting Structural Change”

LANSING, Mich. – A recent study by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices found that Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, which is led by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, has…

Gov. Whitmer Proclaims Jan. 19 as Day of Racial Healing

MLK Day in Detroit: Get Involved with these Events and Organizations

How are you reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy this MLK Day? Check out eight ways that you can get involved from home below. Legacy & Justice: MLK Community…

The Detroit News: As COVID-19 Vaccinations Ramp Up, Skepticism Prevalent Among Michigan’s Black Residents

Dec. 22, 2020 The Detroit News Sarah Rahal As doctors and health officials celebrate the long-awaited arrival of the coronavirus vaccine, there’s a divide among Black Americans, especially in the…

Fifth Third Bank Announces $2.8B Investment to Accelerate Racial Equity, Equality, and Inclusion

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank, with 185 locations in Michigan, announced a $2.8 billion commitment that will provide $2.2 billion in lending, $500 million in investments, $60 million in financial…

Top Business Leaders Launch OneTen, Will Create One Million Jobs for Black Americans Over 10 Years

Gov. Whitmer, Racial Disparities Task Force Release Interim Report Showing Progress in Protecting Communities of Color from the Spread of COVID-19

Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah on Supporting Black Owned Business during and after Small Business Saturday

The CEO of The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Sandy Baruah, spoke with Fox 2 Detroit to talk about the importance of supporting black-owned businesses. He notes that half the…

New Report Highlights Strategies for Inclusive Recovery, Equitable Future of Work: National Equity Atlas

A new report by National Equity Atlas, in partnership with Burning Glass Technologies and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, highlights the urgent need to center low-income communities and people…

Kresge to Make $8 Million in Grants to Detroit Racial Justice Groups

November 19, 2020 Crain’s Detroit Business By Sherri Welch 20 Detroit groups will share in $8 million in first-round funding Millions more expected for Detroit groups from Troy-based foundation early…

Progress Toward a Shared Vision of Economic Equity in Detroit

Detroit Future City (DFC) this fall released a report and outline to define a shared vision of economic equity in Detroit. According to DFC, in a circumstance in which the…

Companies at Work: Kelly

Grow the Talent Pipeline and Increase Per Capita Income

The talent pipeline in the Detroit region directly impacts the workforce needs and per capita income of our region. Students in the city and region are falling off at various…

NeighborHUB Grant Program Lifts Up Grassroots Efforts to Improve Local Neighborhoods

Grassroots organizations working directly in Detroit’s neighborhoods are receiving a boost from corporate grant programs like NeighborHUB. Through grants and in-kind business support, the program supports nonprofits focused on innovative…

Increasing Education Attainment for Greater Economic Prosperity and Social Mobility

It’s no secret that economic prosperity and social mobility are linked to education. There are nearly 700,000 adults in the region with some college but no degree. In order to…

Helping Detroiters Obtain a College Education

Education has been key in closing the racial equity gap and has proven to drive economic equity. The talent pipeline in the Detroit region directly impacts the workforce needs and…

The Kellogg Foundation: Michigan Business Case for Racial Equity

U.S. Chamber America’s Opportunity Gaps By the Numbers

COVID-19’s Role in Economic Inequity

With more than 1 million Americans affected by COVID-19, data has shown that the results of the pandemic will disproportionately affect black communities. In many cases, this pandemic has highlighted…

Equity in Educational Outcomes

The Makeup of Our Region

Understanding the composition of our nation, region, and communities is critical to developing effective solutions and making progress toward racial justice and economic equity. In our region, the major city…

Economic Impact of Inequality

The ideal Detroit region is an equal and fair community where all people have the opportunity, resources, and tools needed to achieve their potential, and to lead healthy and fulfilling…

The Cost of Accepting the Status Quo

A Letter From The President

Poverty and Policy: A Timeline of Discrimination and Missed Opportunities

The Costs of Racial Inequity

Point of View

We Went to the Moon, But Can We Address Racism?

Leadership Detroit Class XLI: Resilience Amid Uncertain Times

Inclusion and Equity in the Spotlight at the Mackinac Policy Conference

An Equal, Equitable, and Inclusive Detroit Region Will Improve the Economy

No Excuses: Finding Diverse Candidates

How Organizations Can Build a Plan for Racial Equity

The Power of Acknowledgment: Talking Race, Recognition and Reparations with Rep. Lawrence

Voices of Diversity: Standing Up to Bigotry and Discrimination

Allies for Equity: Executives Julie Sweet and Tim Ryan Leading the Conversation

Beyond the Moment: Long-Term Employer Commitment Key to Achieving Economic Equity

A Small Spark: Detroit and Redeveloping the Black Economy

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Beyond Words: Achieving Equity Requires Deliberate Action and Investment

Watch: Stacey Abrams Talks Civility in Leadership

Corporate Sustainability and Stewardship: What Are Business Leaders Doing to Protect Michigan’s Future?

Bill Emerson and Dennis W. Archer Jr.: Building Detroit for Detroiters

Mayor Mike Duggan: Detroit Must Grow and Move Beyond Racially Divided History

Wes Moore: Inclusive, Broad and Transparent Conversations Matter

Amy Liu and Diverse Policy Leaders: Michigan’s Future Economy Depends on Fostering Inclusive Growth Today