Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Diversity and Inclusion Group (D.I.G.)

Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” -Verna Myers

Diversity and inclusion are needed in every workplace and every community. That’s why Inclusive Communities has partnered with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce to creat DIG, a brand-new initiative aimed at supporting and enhancing the growth of employee resource groups, diverse leadership and inclusive cultures.

This year-long program is provided at no cost. Meetings take place on Wednesdays from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. DIG allows employee resource groups (and aspiring ERGs) to:

  • Learn best diversity and inclusion practices
  • Gain valuable resources
  • Network and connect
  • Attend diversity training

Upcoming DIG meetings in 2017:

  • 4/26/2017 – Culture Walk
  • 5/31/17 – Creating Inclusive Environments through Power of Recognition
  • 6/28/17 – How to be an Articulate Advocate
  • 7/26/17 – Mentor Social
  • 8/30/17 – Driving Results through ERG Cross-Collaboration
  • 9/27/17 – Language and Unconscious Bias
  • 10/25/17 – Getting the most from your Sponsor
  • 11/29/17 – Social Event

Most workshops take place at UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center Room 201/205.

For more information or to register to attend one of the up coming events, email Cammy Watkins at Cammy@inclusive-communities.org.

Building Blocks of Inclusion

Building Blocks of Inclusion (BBI) is a 6-part series equipping business and nonprofit professionals with the language and knowledge necessary to recruit & retain a diverse workforce while demonstrating a top-down company value of inclusivity. BBI includes presentations from experts, facilitated dialogues, and interactive skills training. Throughout the course, participants develop a better understanding of how their customers’ and employees’ diverse identities impact how they perceive and experience their organizations, work spaces, services, and products.

From compliance and best practices, to cross-cultural management and inclusive office cultures, BBI prepares participants to go beyond Taco Tuesdays and PC language policing to truly understanding diversity and inclusion’s impact on hiring practices,  performance, turnover, group think, and profitability.

For more information, email Cammy Watkins at Cammy@inclusive-communities.org.

Project READI

business photoProject READI (Respect, Equity, Access, Diversity, & Inclusion) is a year-long human relations, diversity awareness and leadership development program for administrative and direct-line professionals. Project READI is designed to help employees understand their role and responsibility in creating an organizational culture where everyone can learn, communicate, and work in collaboration and mutual respect.

A full day workshop kicks-off the program year by providing participants with a foundation level of terms and language, and an introduction to issues of age, faith, ability, gender, orientation, class, appearance, and race. Then a trained program staff co-leads monthly staff meetings and supports your organization with facilitating a mixture of staff development trainings, experiential leadership workshops, office dialogues and company-wide interactive educational campaigns. These activities challenge participants to leave their “comfort zone” and empowers them to become positive role models and future leaders of inclusion.

For more information, email Cammy Watkins at Cammy@inclusive-communities.org.

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