The Milk District’s
Statement on Cultural Equity

To support a full civic life for all, The Milk District commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community.


Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of policy; the support of the business environment; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.


  • In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed.

  • Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the small business sector.

  • We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen.

  • Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant civic life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.

  • The prominent presence of small businesses challenges inequities and encourages alternatives.


To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, we strive to…

  • Pursue cultural consciousness throughout our organization through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies.

  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and report organization progress.

  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, and advisory bodies.


To pursue needed systemic change related to equity, we strive to…

  • Encourage substantive learning to build cultural consciousness and to proliferate pro-equity policies and practices by all of our constituencies and audiences.

  • Improve the leadership pipeline by creating and supporting programs and policies that foster leadership that reflects the full breadth of American society.

  • Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes cultural equity.