Live Your Best Life: You Can in Michigan
In the Great Lakes State, inclusivity is paramount, with cities like Grand Rapids and Detroit achieving high diversity rankings and some of the most diverse neighborhoods in Michigan. The state warmly embraces individuals from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations. Michigan is an incredibly diverse state. From our rich tribal communities to our growing immigrant population, we share a sense of pride in being a place where people of all walks can build a successful life.
Efforts to foster inclusivity are further reinforced by statewide organizations and initiatives. In 2023, House lawmakers voted to extend legal protections to the above groups under the state’s civil rights act. Michigan commitment to equality and diversity is also echoed by the state’s employers, workforce development association and governmental departments like the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that provide bold statements on creating safe workplaces — ensuring all workers and residents have the right to live their best lives.
Diversity & Inclusivity in Michigan
Diverse and inclusive communities are abundant in Michigan. Hear from real Michiganders as they discuss their experiences living and working in the state.
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Acknowledging Michigan’s Distinct Cultures and People
Rich in diversity, the Great Lakes State is a welcoming home to 1.5 million Black residents and a total of 334,300 Asian Americans. Michigan cities demonstrate the state’s range of ethnicities and cultures, with Black people representing nearly 80% of Detroit’s population and Grand Rapids neighborhoods like Millbrook receiving an A+ in diversity ratings. And just to the west of Detroit, the city of Dearborn has the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the U.S., accounting for nearly 42% of the population.
Advocating for Equal Access for All
The prioritization of efforts that promote equity are high across the state of Michigan, with the Michigan Department of Equal Opportunity and Diversity playing a crucial role in advancing these efforts. Additionally, the state of Michigan, as well as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) actively support projects that lead to the creation of high wage jobs in innovative industries such as electric vehicles and semiconductor chips and new opportunities for small manufacturers and entrepreneurs. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also announced a $21.55 million Blight Elimination Grant Program in 2022 to contribute to neighborhood revitalization projects, fostering a more equitable and prosperous future for communities throughout the state.
Activating on the Promise of Safety
Michigan is welcoming to all and is actively committed to promoting inclusivity and advancing DEI efforts. Organizations like the Michigan Diversity Council and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights play crucial roles in driving these initiatives forward. Recent strides have been made in the state, with the Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s signing of legislation that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender and gender expression — further solidifying Michigan’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment for all its residents.
What Michiganders Are Saying
Now more than ever, it is critical that we focus our efforts on creating a more equitable and resilient economy that works for all Michiganders.
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The Michigan Diversity Council
The Michigan Diversity Council (MIDC) fosters a learning environment for organizations to grow and leverage their knowledge of diversity in the workplace. Through a variety of programming, the MIDC serves as the premier resource for diversity best practices and leadership development in the state of Michigan.
Michigan Department of Civil Rights
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) has one of the most important roles in state government: to investigate alleged discrimination and to secure the equal protection of civil rights.
Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center
Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center was founded on the mission to provide a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and feel safe.
Office of Global Michigan
The Office of Global Michigan was created to help grow Michigan’s economy by retaining and attracting global talent; to promote the skills, energy and entrepreneurial spirit of our immigrant and refugee communities; and, strives to make Michigan a more welcoming state.
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Driving Innovation: Michigan’s Research and Development Landscape
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Community revitalization project in Merrill wins national recognition
MAEDC award highlights impact of MEDC’s community revitalization initiatives in Michigan. The Merrill High School Redevelopment Project in the village of Merrill has been recognized with a Project of the Year (Small Division) award by the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) at the 2023 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference in Indianapolis. “The Merrill High School Redevelopment Project is a […]Read More