The Unity Awards Event
March 8, 2023
6:30-9 p.m.
GATHER at the Deer District

Milwaukee Magazine and Quad present a live panel discussion featuring this year’s honorees and their fresh ideas for making Milwaukee more inclusive. Enjoy light snacks, cash bar and networking opportunities ahead of the conversation.

Meet the 20223 Unity Award Winners

Read more about the honorees below and in the February issue.


Adam Carr; Photo by Kat Schleicher

Adam Carr

A storyteller, historian and community organizer, Adam Carr has devoted his career to telling the untold stories of our city. He started his career in community-based work as a producer for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Since then, he’s become a resource for helping people understand the city they live in, whether through public art collaborations, journalism, bus tours or in conversation with civic leaders.

Deanna Singh; Photo by Kat Schleicher

Deanna Singh

Social entrepreneur Deanna Singh has devoted her career to helping marginalized communities use their power by building or breaking systems to create positive change. Her consulting and coaching company, Uplifting Impact, helps businesses improve diversity, equity and inclusion. Along with hosting a podcast of the same name, Singh speaks about DEI to 50,000 people annually. She also runs Birth Coach Milwaukee, a company that aims to reduce health disparities among pregnant and birthing women.

Jewish Museum Milwaukee Executive Director Patti Sherman-Cisler; Photo by Kat Schleicher

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

This East Side museum isn’t just a place to learn about Jewish history. It’s a space to have meaningful conversations about oppression, justice and tolerance through the perspective of Jewish history, art and values. Founded in 2008, the museum is home to a permanent collection, special themed exhibits and events that highlight the pains and accomplishments of Jews throughout history.

True Skool Co-Executive Director Fidel Verdin; Photo by Kat Schleicher

TRUE Skool

Fidel Verdin, co-executive director and teaching artist TRUE Skool, founded in 2004, is a social movement that uses hip-hop to empower youth and young adults to nurture their talents and skills and challenge oppressive systems in Milwaukee and beyond. Fidel Verdin grew up in Milwaukee and now – alongside a swath of local hip-hop mentors – leads young people to enact political and social change and create a more equitable future through their craft.

Tammy Rivera; Photo by Kat Schleicher

Tammy Rivera

A veteran nonprofit executive, community activist and lifelong Milwaukeean, Tammy Rivera has served as executive director of the Southside Organizing Center since 2015. The organization is dedicated to the development and sustainability of the city’s near South Side neighborhoods, working to ensure residents have a voice, vote and vehicle to enact positive change on issues that matter to them.

Bishop Walter Harvey; Photo by Kat Schleicher

Bishop Walter Harvey

Bishop Walter Harvey served as the senior pastor for the Parklawn Assembly of God in Sherman Park for over 30 years until his retirement in 2020. He is deeply rooted in biblical teachings about manifesting the presence of God in our everyday life. He’s also the creator of Prism Economic Development, an initiative that empowers entrepreneurs in underserved communities to experience “economic flourishing.”