UTICA — A new initiative between Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and Integrated Community Alternatives Network (ICAN) to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion across the community has received funding from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. Through this project, Munson-Williams will partner with ICAN and Mohawk Valley Community College.
At the center of this joint effort is the creation of a new position at Munson-Williams —the Diversity & Engagement Leader—an Munson-Williams employee who is subcontracted to ICAN for 50% of the employee’s time. Munson-Williams and ICAN have generated parallel job duties and joint programming efforts. In addition, the shared position will serve as a model for other community organizations and will develop DEI training programs to be shared through MVCC.
Munson-Williams President and CEO Anna D’Ambrosio said the organizations want to ensure that they reflect and represent their communities while actively promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across the region. “Our organizations are committed to long-term and sustained DEI efforts and, with this support from the Community Foundation, Munson-Williams will build a model partnership with ICAN. Together, the organizations will create community collaborations and training opportunities that will have a far-reaching and lasting impact,” she said.
ICAN CEO/Executive Director Steve Bulger is excited for the partnership. “Focused DEI work is a critical piece of both our strategic plan and Munson-Williams. This unique partnership between two nonprofits with proven track records of collaboration will ensure a commitment to reflect and represent the diversity in our community. We are honored to be chosen to share this important position, to continue to elevate DEI work in our region and to bring our expertise in educational training along with our experience working with diverse populations to the table.”
“Diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the very center of much of the work that we and many others are doing,” said Community Foundation President/CEO Alicia Dicks.
A search committee comprised of Munson-Williams and ICAN staff, trustees, and community representation will be established to recruit the Diversity & Engagement Leader. The goal of the search will be to find a candidate with experience building meaningful and strategic relationships with community partners, organizations, government agencies, and individuals.