68th St. is a design and strategy consultancy committed to helping public figures and organizations advance racial equity in the workplace and society. 68th St. was founded by Ohio State University professor, Dr. Kwame Agyemang. It is an evolution of his academic and professional work concerning race, institutions, and leading change. Amidst the racial unrest in 2020, as a result of the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, he founded 68th St. to help organizations and public figures respond to challenges of this magnitude. For more information, visit their website.
Association Football Club Ann Arbor is an elite amateur soccer club owned and operated by a diverse group of entrepreneurs, soccer fans and sports professionals. We are driven to make an impact in our community, with an emphasis on creating opportunity for our players all while focusing on building the AFC Ann Arbor family. We are dedicated towards fighting racism within soccer and in our community. Beginning in 2020, we lead conversations about building anti-racist soccer clubs and how we can make actual impact on the pitch and in the community.
We have also been working with Black players, scholars, supporters, and stakeholders in creating an anti-racist action and accountability plan that we will be implementing in 2021 and beyond. We’ve made the decision to forego playing of the National Anthem prior to our home games. This is one step in a larger plan for our Club to become actively anti-racist. We look forward to the unveiling of this important program. For more information, visit their website.
The Black Players Alliance of the USL is a collection of over 100 professional soccer players who ply their trade in the second division of US Soccer. Our mission is to educate and empower our members to use their platforms to effect change in their clubs and communities around the leagues. We want to cultivate a powerfully diverse league while also developing impactful members of society. Our organization aims to address systemic issues in order to develop greater diversity and inclusivity both on and off the pitch. For more information, visit their website.
Creative Native, founded by Dr. Natalie Welch, is an endeavor into research, consulting, and producing. The goal of Creative Native is to promote and serve the Native American community with creative stories, strategy and solutions. With these goals in mind, Creative Native serves as an outlet for addressing Native American education, Native American sport, and the Native American mascot issue to audiences of any background and size. For more information, visit their website.
The mission of The Segment Productions is to create a community through film, marketing and visual production. We want to allow creatives and entrepreneurs the ability to express themselves in a safe space. The Segment Productions has produced episodes alongside the most influential people in the community. The things we enjoy most are the relationships we are able to cultivate with our clients, both on and off air, giving us the ability to generate artistic ideas. For more information, visit their website.
Waniska Athletics is an Indigenous brand that was founded by Devin Buffalo. Waniska is a Nehiyaw word that means to “wake up & rise.” Devin hopes to inspire the next generation of student-athletes by telling his story of graduating from an Ivy-League school and reaching the professional ranks in hockey, all while dealing with racism and negative stereotypes. Through motivational presentations, hockey camps, and soon apparel, Waniska Athletics aims to collectively raise the bar for Indigenous people across North America in education and sport. Waniska Athletics develops a new way of thinking, and will inspire the rise of Indigenous athletes. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
YOU-ISH was created to centralize humans and provide healing spaces. Our mission is to create a space to center individuals so they can Intentionally Seek Healing, so they can Internally Secure their Health. We exist so that way individuals can experience the freedom that is their birthright, and for those who represent the most marginalized communities that their ancestors could only dream of. Our purpose is to empower individuals to invest in themselves, simply because they are worthy. We do this by engaging in interactive coaching sessions that call-in leaders and hold them accountable to be their best selves. We focus on personal development, money mindfulness and pro-Black diversity training and inclusion training. Too often, we do not take time to center ourselves to fill our cup so we can overflow and live our out authentic purpose. Healing is the mission, because healed people heal people. We serve to see a world where people are free, because they are healed. For more information, visit their website.
Youth Movement is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to help native youth find movement and empower them to start movements. Ultimately, their mission is to ignite a generation to be active, motivated, and connected to the power community. For more information, visit their website.