Grant announcement

Steve Baker, president and COO of Indiana Michigan Power, announces an AEP Foundation Grant to United Front at a Nov. 17 event hosted by Purdue Fort Wayne.

United Front, a local organization that helps the community have meaningful conversations about race, equity and inclusion, has announced the receipt of a $100,000 grant from the AEP Foundation on behalf of Indiana Michigan Power (I&M).

The grant will provide scholarships to individuals and reduced program fees for organizations to participate in United Front, which is helping the Fort Wayne area community have meaningful conversations about race, equity and inclusion.

“United Front is thrilled to partner with Indiana Michigan Power and the AEP Foundation. This investment will allow United Front to build on our Shared Humanity foundation and continue to create a common language about race, equity and inclusion,” the United Front team said.

The team is comprised of Brenda Gerber Vincent of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.; Iric Headley of the city of Fort Wayne; Joe Jordan of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne; Eric Lahey, Fort Wayne fire chief; David Nicole, Headwinds Consulting; and D. Faye Williams-Robbins of Fort Wayne Community Schools.

The grant announcement was made recently during a United Front monthly keynote event by Pascal Losambe, a diversity consultant for The Columbus (Ohio) Academy, at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Representatives of participating organizations were in attendance, both in person and virtually.

Steve Baker, president and chief operating officer of Fort Wayne-based I&M, announced the grant at a Nov. 17 event hosted by Purdue Fort Wayne.

“We at I&M and the AEP Foundation are gratified to see our community focusing on having meaningful dialogs about race, equity, inclusion and diversity as a result of the work being done by the United Front program ” Baker said. “Indiana Michigan Power and our parent company, American Electric Power, are committed to a culture where differences are valued and recognized as a significant positive influence.

The AEP Foundation and I&M believe very strongly in supporting organizations like United Front that advance diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Topic areas of United Front discussions include sessions regarding leadership, K-12 education, criminal justice, diversity and inclusion, and others. To learn how to participate in United Front, go to

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