On Veterans Day, we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and protected American citizens in times of war and peace. Many Oakland County cities, villages and townships host events to celebrate these brave people.Continue reading
A core value – one of four – at Oakland County Parks (OCP) is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. At OCP, that means grounding organizational decisions in equity and justice, and providing parks and recreation services that feel safe and welcoming to all. OCP is committed to ensuring that people of different abilities can participate in any program or event hosted by OCP. OCP has a full-time therapeutic recreation specialist who coordinates programs for individuals with different abilities and provides training for other staff and volunteers, so they are prepared to assist at events. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.Continue reading
As a member of Welcoming America, Oakland County is participating in a movement of inclusive communities around the United States that believe when everyone feels safe and that they belong, then the community is more prosperous.
In April 2019, Commissioner William Miller delivered the very first Welcoming Resolution to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. This was a pivotal moment because it kicked off what was to become Welcoming Oakland, a consortium of agencies and organizations that operate in the immigrant and refugee space within the county. In early 2020, County Executive David Coulter directed the county to become a member of Welcoming America.
Welcoming Oakland’s roadmap for the county includes participation in Resilience and Emergency Management for Inclusive Communities seminars; working to fill food security needs in immigrant communities; translation assistance; and connecting immigrants in need with much-needed services in the county.
The roadmap to a more inclusive, welcoming, and safe Oakland County with access and open doors for everyone is never far from our hearts.
Welcoming Week Celebrations
Welcoming Week is a time to bring together organizations, communities and neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places. Honor the vast array of cultures that make up the fabric of our communities by attending a local Welcoming Week celebration below:Continue reading
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990, and was expanded in 2009 with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). The ADA prohibits any discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace, in schools, on public transportation, and in all public and private places that are open to the public.
Meet Harry Weaver III, he is Oakland County’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. As a person who uses a wheelchair, he brings a unique perspective to the job that benefits both employees and visitors to the county campus.Continue reading