Our DEI Promise 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

To be the community we believe we are, we must do our part to welcome everyone in a way that makes them feel most appreciated.  We believe there is interconnectivity in recognizing yourself, your culture, and your values in the community around you and feeling welcomed, included, and appreciated. This is why diversity, equity, and inclusivity matter to Destination Ann Arbor. 

Recognizing and celebrating what’s great about the Washtenaw County community is what we already do, every day.  Now we are taking that next step to ensure we are doing it, with more intention, through a wider and more inclusive lens of diversity. 

This is a journey. Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, experience, and ability moves us forward every day. Destination Ann Arbor will continue to strive for these to be more than just words. We pledge: 

  • Leadership commitment and accountability in setting goals for diversity in staffing and board and committee recruitment 

  • Strategic goal setting in our operational, sales, and marketing plans including website and social media branding 

  • Staff educational, communication, and mentoring opportunities 

  • Community engagement: philanthropy, external board representation, diverse-owned businesses, external employee resource groups 


DEI Educational Series – Targeting Area Businesses 

October-December 2022 

A2Y Chamber, with support from Destination Ann Arbor, has created this initiative to help businesses establish a DEI vision and consider what is needed to move that vision into action.

Educational Series Topics:  

  • Building a DEI vision 
  • Establishing the right commitment 
  • Building the right infrastructure to advance DEI in your culture  
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive work culture, and establishing accountability

Upcoming Events

Dr. Sabrina JacksonDr. Sabrina Jackson, Essential Colors and DEI Vision for Business

October 6, 2022 1:00-5:00 PM
EMU Student Center Ballroom

Dr. Jackson will be offering a brief overview of the Cultural Competence Continuum and take you into an Essential Colors assessment, talking about personalities, temperament differences, and how they impact human interaction.  Gain a greater insight into your leadership style and get tips to create a DEI SWOT Analysis and Vision Statement for DEI in your business. Learn more and register to attend >


Establishing the Right Commitment

October 24, 2022 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Speaker Bridget Hurd, VP of Inclusion and Diversity at BCBS will discuss recognizing similarities, differences, unconscious bias for an inclusive workplace. Registration details to come.