Indy Racial Equity Pledge

Martin University

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OUR PLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY

As Indiana’s only Predominantly Black Institution of higher education (PBI), we pledge to take meaningful action to help eradicate racial equity gaps and racial injustice in Central Indiana. Together, we must be intentional in our actions, thoughtful in our approaches, and resilient in our efforts to achieve more positive and equitable outcomes for African Americans. We pledge to address racial inequities and disparities in education, income, health, social mobility, and all other determinants that have resulted in marginalization, disadvantage, exclusion, and inequality for communities of color.

PLEDGE 1

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Help Close Racial Equity Gaps in Employment, Income, and Wealth

Focus Area: Workplace, Prosperity, and Education

We will continue to intentionally focus on closing equity gaps in college attainment, unemployment, and poverty for African American, low-income, and adult students. We will transform our institution into an Urban Work College by partnering with employers and workforce development organizations so that our students are prepared for and achieve promising careers upon graduation.

PROGRESS

Martin University will launch the Martin WORKS Urban Work College program in the Fall of 2021.

PLEDGE 2

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Help Create and Maintain Sustainable Racial Equity and Inclusion Practices

Focus Areas: Education

Through the Martin University Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion, we pledge to provide education, training, and resources to help businesses, organizations, and communities develop and implement sustainable racial equity and inclusion practices.

PROGRESS

The Martin University Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion will launch in mid-January 2021.

PLEDGE 3

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Serve as a “Communiversity” for Racial Equity

Focus Areas: Workplace, Health, Prosperity, Education, Criminal Justice

We will serve as a “Communiversity” for racial equity, creating and providing welcoming spaces and resources for education, discourse, and constructive activism. As a Communiversity, we will also advance racial equity and economic development by utilizing minority-owned firms as vendors, hiring a diverse and inclusive workforce, and supporting collaborative initiatives that promote racial equity and justice.

PROGRESS

This has been ongoing at Martin University. Specific Communiversity goals, objectives, and metrics are included in our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.

Join us in the important work of creating racial equity in Central Indiana.

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