DEI starts with us

Don’t be guilty of excluding people from your churches, communities and organizations based on gender, class, cliques, partisan politics and personal agendas, writes Valerie F. Leonard. Engaging in such behavior stunts progress.

BUILD Chicago holding open house today

Join BUILD staff and state Rep. La Shawn Ford to learn about work being done in Austin and plans for the future. Building tours will be given, at 5100 W. Harrison St., and refreshments will be served at the 5:30 p.m. event on Dec. 17.

Austin celebrates first year of 5-year quality of life plan

In its first year, the campaign to improve Austin garnered $13 million in investments. That includes a record $10 million gift from BMO Bank. “It’s been a really momentous year. There’s been a lot of success,” said Darnell Shields, executive director of Austin Coming Together. The nonprofit, launched in 2010, is the driving force behind the quality-of-life plan.

Community summit set for Saturday

All Austin residents are invited to the community summit, where updates will be given on Austin’s quality-of-life plan. Celebrate the victories and investments, and discover how you can get involved. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W. Washington Blvd.