04/20/2021

A2EF Message to Our Friends, Members and Community

Statement of Solidarity

“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund was founded on the principles of inclusion and supporting every member of the community.

Entrepreneurship is exciting. It is inspiring and powerful. Why? Because it has the potential to reward anyone with the drive and ambition to make a difference.

Yet, the injustice embedded within our society keeps us in the realm of potential instead of the realization of truth. It has made equity a goal we are still striving for in our daily lives and certainly within the venture industry.

Events of recent years have highlighted the many shortcomings and barriers to entry that still pervade our own backyard and pose challenges for passionate, capable individuals who may look different than their peers, than investors or due to lack of access, may not have the right names on their resume.

As members of an inherently privileged community, we all have the power to create the changes that we want to see become the norm.

The principles of being a servant leader in a company are just as impactful in shaping a community. Members of A2EF are setting the example of servant leadership by the pledges they have made to give back to the community.

In assessing what ACTIONS we can take to further inclusion and equality as a collective, A2EF will continue to offer programs, like our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Students + Tech Internship Program, that will allow tech companies and community partners to work together in furthering a Michigan-led culture that welcomes difference and uplifts the entire ecosystem.

We invite you to join in the movement to achieve racial and social equality. Lets change the systems and cultures we are a part of, at work and home, to be places where people of all backgrounds can see themselves and know they belong. If you are looking for actions that you can take personally and professionally, below are some resources.

Thank you for continuing to embrace our diverse community.


Organizations you may like to support

Educational Resources

Lists of Books, Podcasts, Videos and additional Articles:
#AsianAmCovidStories, a YouTube documentary series exploring Asian Americans’ experiences and challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic
Anti-Racism Resources
Community Action Guide from the Asian American Commission of Massachusetts
Equity Solutions Resources
 “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning”, a collection of essays published in 2020 about the nuances of the Asian American experience
PBS’ Asian Americans, a five-part documentary series on the history of Asians in America
Self Evident: Asian American’s Stories, a podcast that aims to challenge assumptions about Asian Americans
Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White” examines stereotypes, such as the perpetual foreigner and the model minority myth, and tackles issues including affirmative action, immigration and interracial marriage