Welcoming

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Successful Michigan communities welcome all people. Research shows that a community’s local GDP growth is directly tied to how people feel about where they live. The more engaging, friendly, and welcoming a place is, the greater its economically vitality.

Seeing the benefits of inclusiveness early, in 1972 East Lansing became the first municipality in the nation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in hiring practices. As of February 2014, more than 30 local governments across Michigan have adopted ordinances aimed at protecting the rights of individuals regardless of their sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.  For sample human rights ordinances from across the state, visit our MML Resources page.

Make your Case for Diversity

Start a conversation about encouraging a welcoming environment in your community. Here are some talking points to share with neighbors, organizations and local government officials:

Quick Stats

Additional Resources

A wide variety of resources on diversity are available on our Resources and Tools page.

Get Inspired

The following case studies show how Detroit residents have promoted a welcoming environment in their communities.

clark-park-thumbnailClark Park Coalition 
This grassroots, nonprofit coalition has grown to offer positive activities for nearly a thousand neighborhood youth each year.
dcfl-logo-thumbnailDetroit City Futbol League
The Detroit City Futbol League is a recreational, adult, co-ed soccer league based around neighborhoods. The league brings communities together in a fun and unique way while marketing different areas of the city.
detroit-soup-thumbnailDetroit Soup
This grassroots initiative is a way to bring neighbors together to build relationships, share ideas and support local projects happening in the community.