ICG strives to provide comprehensive community engagement through their focus on diversity and inclusion. Extensive literature reviews show that families of color and living in poverty have statistically less access to quality green spaces compared to more affluent, white families. ICG seeks to help change that paradigm in Ithaca and was awarded $1,200 to advance work towards this goal. ICG plans to organize focus groups dedicated to hearing the voices of those who are most classically underrepresented. With the knowledge gained from these conversations, ICG will be better able to take actionable steps towards being a completely inclusive and accessible space and fulfill the needs of ALL in the Ithaca community.
ICG Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair Lauren Salzman and ICG Diversity & Inclusion Committee member and Challenge Industries Employment Specialist Glen Robertson pitched ICG’s plan to increase inclusion and accessibility last Thursday afternoon in Hotel Ithaca to a room full of judges, coaches, and community members. Thank you to the Tompkins County Youth Services Department and the panel of judges, and coaches, for supporting this creative channel of rewarding important, innovative community initiatives.