United against

United Way of Greater Stark County works to create equitable communities where everyone can reach their full potential and neighborhoods thrive. We recognize that structural racism, ethnic discrimination and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities in our community and across our nation.
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Anti-racism/anti-discrimination statement

We acknowledge these inequities are the result of historical and current policies and practices that work to marginalize groups of people, preventing their voices from being heard and restricting or denying their access to educational, economic and other opportunities. We unequivocally denounce and seek to dismantle racism and all forms of discrimination. We further acknowledge that both implicit and explicit racism exists in our community and disproportionately impacts the quality of life for many members of our community.

We are committed to improving the lives of historically excluded people by addressing the systemic inequalities that oppress people of color. We will work with community partners in nonprofit, private and public sectors to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities and networks they need to thrive. We resolve to engage the entire community, especially those whose voices have been historically excluded, in support of the shared work for fortifying equity and empowerment. 

Anti-racist resources

Are you ready to stand united against racism, but you’re not sure where to start? 

You can start with learning the language and words that reflect the tremendous diversity that characterizes our society. It is essential to achieve some degree of shared understanding, particularly when using the most common terms. In this way, the quality of dialogue and discourse on race can be enhanced. Review this Racial Equity Glossary. 

Another way you can change the narrative is to participate in the Unity Challenge. Learn how to have those uncomfortable conversations and support the challenge that explores our unconscious attitudes about race, power, privilege and leadership. Learn how to encompass alternative voices through activities designed to dismantle racism. Help us reduce barriers and create transformational change. United Way is proud to partner with Dismantling Racism Coalition of Stark County to create transformational change!


Articles to read

Additional anti-racism resources

More anti-racism resources to check out

Films and tv series

Films and tv series to watch

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) 
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) 
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) 
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) 
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) 
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) 
  • Many Rivers to Cross – PBS