Fifteen metro-Detroiters have been selected to serve on Affirmations’ new Multicultural Advisory Committee. The committee is a pro-active step on the part of Affirmations Community Center to reduce racial disparities within the community and ensure that programs and services are provided in a multicultural context. Individuals selected to serve on the committee include: Michelle Anderson, Michelle Brown, Torii Hamilton, Howard Israel, Zip Johnson, Cecelia LaPointe, Curtis Lipscomb, Reynaldo Magdaleno, Bashar Makhay, David Parcell, Juan Perez, Tysha Rodriguez, Steph Turner, Michelle Walters and Walter Washington.
“I am overwhelmed at the positive community support for this project and am looking forward to the work that this group is about to embark on,” said Affirmations’ CEO Leslie Thompson. “We have a number of projects in the planning stages designed to ensure that Affirmations meets the needs of our multicultural LGBT community and the Multicultural Advisory Committee is a critical part of that work.”
The Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) was formed in response to an internal process begun in early 2007 among both board and staff which pointed toward a need for heightened multiculturalism within the organization. The purpose of the committee is to produce a set of best practices and recommendations for LGBT multicultural service provision and center operation. The first meeting of the MAC takes place Thursday, May 1 and will meet on a monthly basis for the next one to two years.