As an organization that serves the Buffalo Niagara Region on a variety of issues, we are acutely aware that not all Western New Yorkers are treated equally, or have access to equal opportunities. Too often, the color of your skin affects where you live, where your kids will go to school, and what jobs are available to you. For our entire region to thrive, we must address racial inequities head-on. We believe we need to lead by example, which is why our first steps are to examine our own practices and policies. Our intentional focus on racial equity helps ensure that our practices are committed to making life better for all. We hope that our commitment to this important work will inspire others to do the same.