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Isabella County Roundtable: A Year in Review
The Isabella County Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion (ICRDI) is in the process of putting its strategic plan into action. Thie year has brought many small victories that reflect that plan, and keep the community moving forward to value diversity and advance inclusion.
Some of the highlights from the past year include:
- Parent teacher conferences for middle school held on reservation resulting in 70% increase in parent participation. The Mt. Pleasant School District was so pleased with this success thta they plan to hold parent teacher conferences on the reservatio regularly in the future.
- Publicity in the Morning Sun and Tribal Observer of the ICRDI's work in positive manner.
- Completion of Mt. Pleasant Project DVD, now airing on MAC TV.
One of the greatest assets of the ICRDI has been the collaboration of groups at the table. This collaboration is significant because it is the first time that the City of Mt. Pleasant, Central Michigan University, and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe have come together to look at what is best for the community and how to heal past hurts. One of the greatest strengths of the Roundtable is the ability to keep the partners at the table and the open and honest dialog that continues about the very difficult and challenging issues in our community. The last three years have taught us much. The membership continues to grow and develop. While there has been success, there continues to be a lot of work still to be done. We are looking forward to the on-going work of making our community a place that is welcoming, supporting and accepting of all its residents and citizens.
There has been a great deal of financial and in-kind support for the ICRDI’s work, illustrating that this work is valued by the whole community. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, Central Michigan University, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Mt. Pleasant Public School District, Shepherd Public Schools, Mt. Pleasant Community Foundation, Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, Mount Pleasant Area Diversity Group, Lithoprep and other community businesses and community members have all given money or resources. Support has included public relations support, marketing, media and information technology support, news coverage, free meeting space, refreshments, administrative support, printing and duplicating, and personnel release time.