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The Michigan Transformation Collective proudly supports a diverse range of events and activities that promote racial healing, narrative change, and community transformation across Kalamazoo County. 

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Our sponsorship aims to empower efforts that align with our mission, values, and strategic priorities including:

Racial Healing Initiatives

Projects and events focused on promoting individual and community racial healing, understanding, and reconciliation within Kalamazoo communities.

Narrative Change

Projects that challenge existing narratives, amplify marginalized voices, and promote narratives of inclusion, equity, and empowerment.

Public Policy Advocacy

Efforts to advance policy reforms, social justice initiatives, and community-driven advocacy campaigns that address systemic issues and promote positive change.

Community Transformation Projects

Initiatives aimed at gun violence intervention and prevention through a public health lens and projects that foster a sense of belonging and inclusivity in community. Review the Kalamazoo Blueprint for Peace to learn more about our community gun violence efforts.

School Based Projects

Efforts aimed at developing alternatives for school suspension, expulsion, and zero tolerance policies, emphasizing diversion, restoration, and inclusion rather than exclusion and punishment.

Cultural Enrichment Activities

Events celebrating diversity, cultural heritage, arts, and creativity that promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

Our sponsorship entails:

Financial Support

We provide financial assistance ranging from $500-$1500 to help cover event expenses, venue rentals, speaker fees, and other essential costs associated with your project or event.

Promotional Support

We amplify your message and increase your event’s visibility through our marketing channels, including social media, email newsletters, and our website.

Community Engagement

While we are unable to directly provide financial support for events organized by individuals or groups without nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship, we can offer assistance by leveraging our extensive network to connect you with like-minded organizations, activists, and community leaders who may be able to provide support and collaboration opportunities to help expand your reach and impact.

If your project or event aligns with our sponsorship criteria, we invite you to apply for support and join us in transforming Kalamazoo from a system of harmful hierarchies to one of hope, courage, and love.
 
If you have questions, please contact Kenlana Ferguson at kenlana@mitransformation.org.
 
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The Michigan Transformation Collective catalyzes Racial Healing and Narrative Change to Transform the community from a system of harmful hierarchies into one of Hope, Courage, and Love.

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What is Transformation?

Racial healing is at the heart of racial equity. Racial healing is about:

  • the people work that leads to the transformation of systems;
  • the telling of hard truths about past wrongs and present consequences;
  • repairing the harm of racism;
  • replacing the deeply held system that fuels racism with one that sees the inherent value of all people;
  • authentic relationship-building across real and perceived differences.

 

Without racial healing and building trust, changes in policies or practices are short-lived. Through healing and relationship-building, we can collectively develop new values that affect our everyday decisions in areas of policy making, hiring, education and housing – to name just a few.

What is Civic Health?

Racial healing is at the heart of racial equity. Racial healing is about:

  • the people work that leads to the transformation of systems;
  • the telling of hard truths about past wrongs and present consequences;
  • repairing the harm of racism;
  • replacing the deeply held system that fuels racism with one that sees the inherent value of all people;
  • authentic relationship-building across real and perceived differences.

 

Without racial healing and building trust, changes in policies or practices are short-lived. Through healing and relationship-building, we can collectively develop new values that affect our everyday decisions in areas of policy making, hiring, education and housing – to name just a few.

What is Racial Healing?

Racial healing refers to the process of addressing and repairing the harm caused by racial injustice, discrimination, and systemic oppression.

It involves acknowledging historical and present-day injustices, fostering understanding and empathy across racial divides, and promoting reconciliation, healing, and solidarity among individuals and communities.

Racial healing recognizes the deep-seated trauma and intergenerational impact of racism on individuals, families, and society as a whole, and seeks to create spaces for healing, dialogue, and transformative change.

It encompasses personal, interpersonal, and systemic dimensions, and involves both individual reflection and collective action to address the root causes of racial inequity and promote equity, justice, and belonging for all.

Racial healing is a proactive and ongoing process that requires commitment, compassion, and collaboration from individuals, communities, institutions, and society at large.