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The Island Institute works to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities, and exchanges ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere.

Maine must do better at welcoming diversity

Some 74,000 Mainers are people of color. When we make the assertion that our population is primarily white, we inadvertently—but inexcusably—risk erasing the voices and struggles of people of color, further marginalizing these communities. As we look to the future, this can signal to people of color that they are not welcome here. So how can Mainers become more welcoming and accepting? 

Read our full message from Island Institute President Rob Snyder and learn more about our commitment to integrating diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice into our community development organization and supporting our communities in celebrating and fostering these values throughout our state.

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