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Diversity Equity & Inclusion

To achieve inclusive, healthy, resilient, and thriving communities, all people in our region must have equitable access to the resources they need to reach their full potential. We are committed to using our leadership, resources, and voice to build toward a better future for the diverse people and places of our community.

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Advancing Community-Led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts: A Grant Partner Story

Photo: Suttons Bay Public Schools Culture Club, one of our Diversity Equity Inclusion Fund grant partners

During our first Diversity Equity Inclusion Fund grant cycle, we partnered with eight organizations, including Suttons Bay Public Schools (SBPS). Through a $1,200 grant, we supported the SBPS’ student- led Cultural Club, which hosts events and fundraisers aimed at promoting diverse cultural experiences.

“We are so thankful to see that the Community Foundation and the DEI Fund have become available to our local community in order for us to feel like we can find the resources and support we need to sustain these amazing efforts towards a better and more accepting world,” said Jessica Vitale, Media Publications Supervisor and Spanish Instructor, Suttons Bay High School.

SBPS’ recent diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts also include inviting youth to The Friendship Community Center’s Diversity Dialogues and Community Dinners and launching the HumanKIND Club in partnership with LIFT Teen Center, which we supported through our Youth Endowment in 2021. The HumanKIND Club provides a safe environment for Leelanau-area LGBTQ+ youth and their allies.

Together, SBPS’ Cultural Club and HumanKIND Club are helping to create more inclusive, welcoming spaces for local students.