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Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.

We celebrate unique and diverse identities and experiences. We believe that all people deserve fairness, justice and security. We create a welcoming environment in which everyone feels valued and respected.

We commit to aligning our culture and business practices to advance diversity, equity and inclusion to better address our community’s needs.

ANTI-RACISM STATEMENT

At United Way of Lake County:

We know that during the last 70 years, Lake County has been a gateway for racial and ethnic minorities.

We recognize that structural racism, ethnic discrimination and economic disparity have contributed to racial inequities that existed in the past and are persistent problems in our community today.

We acknowledge that those racial inequities are the result of policies, procedures and practices that contribute to the marginalization of entire populations of people.

We denounce racism and ethnic discrimination because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our community.

We support diversity, equity and inclusion because that is what it means to LIVE UNITED.

We define equity as the presence of justice and fairness within the procedures, processes and distribution of resources by organizations and communities.

We believe that it is necessary to focus on race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, as well as other intersectional identities, to end the historical, social and systemic inequities that persist in our county.

We agree that we can only be successful if we recognize, raise up and support leaders from underrepresented neighborhoods.

We promise that we will engage these leaders as partners, volunteers, contributors, and community members and will intentionally create pathways for them to be included in decision-making and leadership roles within our own and other organizations.

We seek to dismantle disparities and engage our community, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized, in the shared work of fortifying equity and empowerment.

We strive to intentionally make decisions that provide fair treatment, access and opportunity for all.

We engage public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone in Lake County has the resources, support, opportunities and networks they need to thrive.

We pledge to align United Way of Lake County’s culture and business practices to end racism and to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion to support the creation of a more equitable Lake County.

And finally, we commit to an ongoing and purposeful journey of listening, learning and growing as we hold our leadership, our staff and our partners accountable in addressing Lake County’s needs for racial equality.

TOP GOALS

FY2021-2022

  • Conduct an Organizational DEI Assessment
  • Attract diverse candidates to our staff and Board of Directors
  • Offer training opportunities to staff and Board on DEI concepts
  • Engage the communities we serve in developing and improving our programming

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEES

Board

  • Kate Collins, Abbott
  • Joe Garnett, Zurich of North America
  • Michelle Hansen, Aon
  • Patrice Maloney-Knauff, The Wagner Law Group
  • Jose Quirarte, Honeywell
  • Mark G. Schweitzer, PhD, Mark Schweitzer Consulting, LLC
  • Carl Skoog, BMO Harris Bank
  • Dr. Lori Suddick, College of Lake County
  • Donnovan M. Young, Onlife Health/GuideWell

Staff

  • Kristi Long, President and CEO
  • Stacy Boison, Finance Manager
  • Kelly Cotter, J.D., Initiative Funding Manager
  • Rosa Herrera, Success By 6 Program Manager
  • Alina Mozo, Executive Assistant
  • Lori Nerheim, VP Marketing and Communications
  • Karen Nordgren, Account Manager Donor Relationships
  • Elaine Rezotko, Resource Development Specialist
  • Michelle Sanchez, Senior Manager Donor Relationships
  • Robert Szarzynski, Director of Administration
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