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All Hands In

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

It is our mission as the First Call Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee to address barriers, bridge divides, and promote equity and belonging through education and action both in our workplace and the communities we serve.

First Call Land Acknowledgement

Institutions have an obligation to support ongoing education as well as accurate and responsible representation. By harnessing our voice, there is a capacity to effect change into the future far beyond our walls.


With that in mind:, we acknowledge the Kickapoo Tribe, Kaw Nation, Osage Nation, and Ochethi Sakowin Tribe , on whose traditional territories our office rests. We acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this earth, and recognize their communities, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations

First Call Events


First Call staff has been working for the last year with Phyllis Becker, Senior Fellow with the Full Frame Initiative, to reformat and provide staff-lead guidance to our DEI team. Phyllis has been an asset to our work, and we also found out that she wears many hats in her own personal work.

Phyllis, along with the founding members of the Weston Black Ancestors Awareness Campaign, attended a June staff meeting to present their video “From Slavery to Freedom” and answer questions. This was an opportunity for our team to learn more about the often-hidden history of the Black community in Weston, MO, and how that community built the area into what it is today. We were also pleasantly surprised to recognize many friends of First Call in the video.


 You can also learn more about the BAAC’s work and watch their video at this link:

The Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City is proud to present one of the largest gatherings of multiculturalism - focusing on the traditional cultures found here in our home, Kansas City and its surrounding metro area. The Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City is 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting over 60 cultural organizations and communities.
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