DEI Resources
DEI Resources


We want to support organizations that want to help create a culture of inclusion, and/or want to help support economic equity for underserved communities. If you have additional resources or organizations you’d like to see us feature, please share them with us at:

Do you want to enhance your own understanding of DEI Issues? Check out these INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES.

Do you want to find tools and consultants that can help your organization develop or strengthen a culture of inclusion and belonging? Check out these WORKPLACE RESOURCES.

Do you want to support underserved communities? Check out these ORGANIZATIONS that support underserved businesses and help develop young adults.


Here are resources to better understand DEI. Please send additional recommendations to


Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

by Isabel Wilkerson (2020)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Isabel Wilkerson, examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

How to be an Anti-Racist

by Ibram X. Kendi (2019)

This essential work is for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo (2018)

This highly acclaimed, New York Times best-seller explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged that serve to maintain racial inequality.


Ypsi business owners found Association of Businesses of Color

by Sarah Rigg

Concentrate, Aug 12, 2020

Ypsilanti business owners recently launched the Association of Businesses of Color (ABC), a business league open to all Washtenaw County business owners of color. Read Article Here

"We see some disparities that are not necessarily intentional but exist. I believe part of it is the lack of being plugged into those opportunities that are available," Portis says. "Somehow the messaging isn't getting out broadly enough to be equitable in terms of use of those benefits."

- Ylondia Portis, Founder Brandhrt, Ypsilanti


People and organizations that can help leaders and HR professionals help their organizations be more effective. Please send additional recommendations to

Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement (CADIA)

Livonia-based CADIA provides a variety of training, coaching and executive roundtable support for automotive and mobility companies.

Whatever It Takes Consulting

Indianapolis-based consulting firm helps businesses and schools address diversity, inclusion and equity challenges with solutions that are customized, support professional growth, immediately applicable and research based for the purpose of improving culture and performance. Dr. Jamyce Curtis Banks, CEO.


These are organizations in Michigan that are striving to make Michigan a more equitable place. Please send your recommendations to

Association of Businesses of Color

'Let's open the door to economic equity, opportunities and growth for all.'

Automation Workz

Automation Workz is a Detroit-based organization that trains underserved communities in technology.

SummerWorks - A community-focused public-private-university partnership

Washtenaw County's Summer Youth Employment Program

SummerWorks is a 10-week summer employment and mentorship program that pairs local employers with young adults in Washtenaw County. It connects youth to resources for building professional networks, exploring career opportunities, and developing essential job and leadership skills. If you'd like to become a mentor, host an intern, or give a career talk, please contact

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