Roundtable on Community Change

Milwaukee

Milwaukee

In 2005 three Milwaukeeans participated in the Roundtable's Racial Equity and Society Seminar. Each were affiliated with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, whether as members of the board of directors or as key community leaders. Representing the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, the Mayor's office, and the Milwaukee Business Journal, these seminar alumni returned to Milwaukee and began two important initiatives. One, called Mosaic Partnerships, aims "to build social capital within racial and ethnic diversity." Co-chaired by seminar alumni Dr. Joan Prince (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), Mr. Mark Sabljak (Milwaukee Business Journal), along with Mayor Tom Barrett, Mosaic "pairs leaders of the community across race and/or ethnicity and guides them through a one year process of relationship, understanding, and trust building." See the following links for more information on Milwaukee's Mosaic project: Mosaic Partnerships Home; FAQ.

The second initiative, a race relations survey of the greater Milwaukee area, was also spearheaded by Mr. Sabljak and his colleagues at the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee. The survey, which takes "a closer look at key issues surrounding race relations in southeastern Wisconsin," looks at the relationship between the state of the city's race relations and global competitiveness. See the following links for the survey's results and related reporting: