As part of our celebration of the past decade's achievements, we recognize there is still much to learn and much more work to conduct. Just as our programming is evolving, so too are its language and purpose. Inclusiveness is about more than creating a welcoming environment; it is deeply tied to leadership and equity.
Results from our Listening Campaign confirm that profound racial and economic disparities still persist in our communities. While we don't have all the answers, we believe the Inclusiveness Project will help us address these disparities.
We are currently examining the intersections of wealth and race. By educating ourselves about what lies beneath the disparities, we hope to create a platform that stimulates conversation and examines possible next steps.
We know these issues are complicated, and we invite you to explore the complexities and share your thoughts about what the Inclusiveness Project can do moving forward. Please post a comment here or on our website.
Adrienne Mansanares is manager of the Inclusiveness Project at The Denver Foundation, a member of the Council on Foundations.