United Way of Central New Mexico and the Albuquerque Community Foundation have established DEI United to support, promote and advance diversity, equity and inclusion in central New Mexico. We are focused on building a community in which all can participate in creating equitable social transformation.
Three areas are addressed under the DEI United banner: community engagement; funding for grassroots, BIPOC-led, small nonprofit organizations; and equity in leadership development. DEI United is supporting these activities:
- Two series of Community Conversations, based on the Harwood Institute model, have provided a “kitchen-table” style opportunity to hear from partners and the community. Opportunities for continued exchanges are being developed to ensure we listen to those in community whose voices and aspirations are not always heard.
- The DEI United collaborative seeks to specifically fund organizations that intimately know and understand their communities, and have the trust and inherent knowledge to address the racial/ethnic gaps in health and education. The goal is to develop a grant making program that is based in trust and solidarity principles that effectively support organizations. Funding will provide low barrier, capacity-building grants.
- The third focus of the initiative is to create leadership pathways for people of color to be future leaders in executive leadership roles in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors.
Fostering change in an equitable and sustainable way so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive and succeed is at the center of our work. Broad community involvement will ensure that our region’s journey for equitable solutions includes everyone.