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We build sustainable inclusive communities.
Goals: The Michigan Roundtable seeks to challenge all communities throughout Michigan, in terms of both geography and sector (such as the education community, the faith community, the corporate community, etc.) first to recognize historical trends or policies of institutional racism or discrimination and the effects these have had on individuals and geographic areas, then work to reconcile these issues, and finally to strive for a vision of a renewed community which is just and inclusive to all.
About Our Work
In 2009, The Michigan Roundtable formalized a community change approach, as well as its commitment to diversity and inclusion statewide. This model is used to develop inclusive communities * : First helping communities recognize historical trends or policies of institutional racism and discrimination and the effects these have had on individuals and geographic areas, then working to reconcile these issues, and finally to strive for a vision of a renewed community which is just and inclusive to all.
In 2008, the Michigan Roundtable combined forces with Michigan United in working to uphold affirmative action as a public college admission tool through Proposition 2. Though Proposition 2 was defeated, it highlighted the great racial, cultural, and ethnic divisions that keep Michigan from moving forward. As a result, the Michigan Roundtable is spending two years working on these divisions in three communities, as well as providing broad resources and analysis statewide.
The organization also relied on council from its long standing interfaith network. A group of clergy and lay people came together to strengthen interfaith relationships, and recommended that the Michigan Roundtable address the history of housing discrimination in Detroit, and throughout the state and nation. The Michigan Roundtable is now preparing a mock trial against the Federal Housing Administration for discriminatory lending practices from the 1930s through 1960s.
* "Communities" here means not just geographic community, but also various sectors, such as the faith community, law enforcement community, education community, or corporate community to give a few examples.
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