Darien United Campaign: Town Organizations Unite to Promote Diversity and Inclusion
A group of organizations in Darien are coming together around a
common cause: celebrating diversity and promoting an inclusive community. — an announcement from the organizers of Darien United
The YWCA Darien/Norwalk, the Darien YMCA, Darien Library, and Minority Voice have partnered to launch Darien United, a campaign that aims to make sure Darien is a welcoming place, particularly for people of color, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and people with mental or physical disabilities. ______________________
Here’s how the Darien United project is described by its organizers:
“Darien United is a grassroots initiative made up of Darien residents and local leaders who commit to creating and supporting a welcoming community that respects and encourages contributions of all people, in all our beautiful variety of race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, class, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, language, mental and physical ability, military status, and immigration status. “We commit to upholding these values within our town, organizations, and businesses, as both aspirational and operational guideposts in our everyday practices and priorities.” ______________________
The idea was first conceived and inspired by local artist and activist Nobu Miki, who is the founder of Minority Voice, a support group for women of color in Darien.