Over 30 people gathered in the Hansen Room to hear Deborah Meadows, Docent at the African American Cultural and Historical Museum present “History of the African American Community in Ann Arbor and the Underground Railroad.” Deborah shared a historical perspective about the role of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in the Underground Railroad to Canada. Our proximity to Canada made this area an important part of the Underground Railroad. She also shared wonderful stories about the first African American families to settle in the area. Finally, she shared stories and photos from the last few years about senior residents of the area and their contributions to the community.
Ashish Sarkar presented Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts at Rotary International. RI strives to grow and diversify its membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve and are inclusive of all cultures, experiences and identities. RI has included DEI in its 5-year Action Plan. One of the specific goals is to increase the number of women who are Rotary members and who serve in Leadership Positions to 30% by June 2023.
RCAA has achieved the goal of 30% women membership. Since 1988, nine women have led the club and the number of women in other leadership positions has increased significantly. During this same period two persons of color have served as President. There is more work to be done to increase the number of minority and young professionals in our club.