Macomb County Diversity & Inclusion Collaborative
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April 12th, 2017 - 9am to 12pm
Macomb Community College
University Center Assembly Hall UC-1
44575 Garfield Rd,
Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038
March 24th, 2017 - 9am to 12pm
- Heard and discussed the goals of the five Strategic Working Groups
- Voted on key organizational decisions:
- 95% wanted to organize to owrk 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
- 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
- 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
New Americans in Macomb County A Snapshot of the Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants in the County
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)
- 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
- Identify specific family needs and communication strategies
- Identify job opportunities and requiements 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