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People and Culture
OneMacomb

Macomb County Diversity & Inclusion Collaborative

If you have questions please email onemacomb@macombgov.org

Meeting Schedule

April 12th, 2017 - 9am to 12pm

Location:
Macomb Community College
University Center Assembly Hall UC-1
44575 Garfield Rd,
Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038

Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Quick Introductions at each table
  • Recap of strategic planning process
  • Relationship building icebreaker
  • "New Americans in Macomb County"
  • "Macomb County Diversity and Inclusion Collaborative"
  • Working groups meeting
  • Video
  • Feedback, next steps and next meeting

March 24th, 2017 - 9am to 12pm

Location:
Verkuilen Building Training Center
21885 Dunham Rd, Clinton Twp  48036
Entrance C (South West Corner)
Building Map

Meeting Notes

  • Heard and discussed the goals of the five Strategic Working Groups
  • Voted on key organizational decisions:
  • 95% wanted to organize to work cooperatively together to advance common interests.
  • 92% wanted a written understanding so Community Partners knew what they were agreeing to.
  • 87% wanted a "Steering Committee" to approve and coordinate efforts among Working Groups.

January 24th, 2017 - 9am to 12pm

Meeting Notes

  • Received & discussed consultants’ data report
  • All met in one of five Strategic Working Groups (Police & Community Rel’ns, Econ. Dev./Bus./Jobs, Access to Resources, Education/Schools, Refugee Assistance)
  • Began discussing & prioritizing Strategic Tasks to advance a Strategic Subject
  • Discussed creating an organizational framework for CPs to advance common interests

October 14th, 2016 - 9am to 12pm

Meeting Notes:

  • Learned about data gathering to be done by consultants about what needs improvement in Macomb to become more inclusive
  • Received new demographic & other related data on inclusion in Macomb County
  • Networked together
  • Gave input and feedback

Resources

Gateways for Growth Challenge Grant

    Collaborative Operating Agreement

    Diversity Bingo

    Gateways for Growth Grant Application

    New Americans in Macomb County A Snapshot of the Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants in the County

    OneMacomb Do's and Don'ts

    OneMacomb RFQ for Strategic Plan Project Manager

    Relationship building

    Signed Welcoming Cities/ Counties Letter

    The New Macomb County Report

    How did we get here:

    • 25 to 30 Community Partners
    • Macomb County’s desire to encourage Community groups to work on common interests.
    • Assumption: Community groups can have more impact making Macomb more inclusive if they organize and coordinate work on key strategic issues.
    • Experienced consultants were hired to help facilitate the process
    • A diverse Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) was created to guide process
    • SPC has met four times with the consultants (9/20; 10/25; 12/6; and 3/11)

    Moving forward:

    • Remember the assumption of OneMacomb that started this process?  Community groups can have more impact making Macomb more inclusive if they organize and coordinate work on key strategic issues.
    • The County, through OneMacomb, will continue logistical support to a new organizational structure (free meeting places, scheduling help, invitations, etc.)
    • We are moving forward on two separate but related “tracks” at the same time:
      • Creating an appropriate Organizational Framework or Structure; and,
      • Planning strategically on priority subjects.
    • Need both tracks done before you can start!

    Strategic Task Groups:

    Police and Community Relations

    • Create more two-way dialogue/interaction with police personnel and members of the community
    • Partner on initiatives that foster more positive interaction between police personnel and youth
    • Create additional and utilize existing surveys as an effective way to gain feedback from community and law enforcement officers
    • Support recruitment of diverse candidates in law enforcement
    • Build upon and support existing programs that foster positive interactions between community and police

    Refugee Assistance

    • Identify specific family needs and communication strategies
    • Identify job opportunities and requirements for non-English speaking workers (agricultural, landscaping)
    • Identify multilingual health centers that have Arabic speaking staff in areas near Madison Heights and Warren
    • Create and/or enhance resource databases and reference guides
    • Provide training, workshops and written information in multiple languages on topics such as financial literacy, public transportation, community resources
    • Expand formal family mentorship programs (ie: training of the trainers)

    Education / Schools

    • Explore how Macomb schools and districts are working toward inclusion for ALL students
    • Explore resources districts have for refugee / immigrant students and how these resources are communicated
    • Work to create opportunities for open dialogue between diverse community members and educators - let people ask questions
    • Survey Macomb districts about their hiring process - are they getting diverse applicants?  What has prevented them from hiring a more diverse staff?
    • Explore what districts are doing to celebrate and acknowledge other cultures
    • Connect with teacher unions
    • Provide education and training for administrators and teachers

    Economic Development / Businesses and Jobs

    • Employ storytelling to provide examples of how employers have created a welcoming environment
    • Increase participation / access to available resources for personal financial literacy
    • Employ storytelling to share successes of businesses who utilize minority suppliers
    • Improve access to information for employers about diversity and cultural competency training
    • increase access to information about starting a business
    • Workforce development programs

    Access to Resources

    • Identify Service provider barriers
    • Increase awareness of immigrant / refugee resource available in Macomb County
    • Increase awareness of transportation resources available
    • Identify cultural competence training for service providers