Programs

This program is one of the most impactful weekends of my life and I feel like it opens your eyes to a different way of thinking about the problems society and ourselves make unconsciously.

-Omaha North Student

As our community grows increasingly diverse and complex, there perhaps has never been a stronger need for programs and initiatives which promote tolerance, respect and inclusion through education and advocacy.

Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses and throughout the community. We have a continuum of services to meet the needs of youth and adults. There are both positive and challenging aspects to living in a demographically changing global community. While diversity can enrich and strengthen an environment, it can also lead to exclusive and hurtful behaviors stemming from a lack of knowledge, along with negative bias, stereotypes and intolerance. We frequently collaborate with other organizations to meet critical social justice and human relations needs. Our programming builds leadership skills and strengthens our community. If you are interested in participating in our programming or collaborating with us, please contact Cammy Watkins at cammy@inclusive-communities.org.

Advocacy

AdvocacyInclusive Communities believes in the rights of all people, not just some people. We currently collaborate with organizations & coalitions who are targeting legislation around: equal employment, voter identification, anti-bias, equal access to services and so much more. If you are interested in our advocacy work, please contact Krystal Boose at krystal@inclusive-communities.org.

Youth Programs

YouthProgramsAs our community grows increasingly diverse and complex, so too, does the need for programs and initiatives which educate and promote respect and inclusion. Younger generations are especially vulnerable to fear and uncertainty and require strong role models and guidance as they work to understand human relations issues and discover their role and responsibilities in the classroom, community and workplace.

Through the examination and sharing of personal values, traditions and beliefs, Inclusive Communities’ youth participants begin to develop a healthy social balance as they learn about themselves and each other while developing strong self-esteem and group worth. With a deeper understanding and heightened awareness of issues of difference (i.e. race, culture, faith, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation and class), along with a new set of skills and confidence, participants are better able to identify and confront the biases and prejudices that may emerge in their student, personal and professional lives.

This process of social capital development allows youth to become informed leaders with a better understanding of collaboration and effective dialogue, critical to assessing community needs and capacities, and deciding jointly on actions that may solve identified problems.

If you are interested in our youth programs, please contact Operations and Business Development Manager, Cammy Watkins at Cammy@inclusive-communities.org or call 402-391-4460.

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IncluCity Middle

IncluCity Middle is a year-long human relations, diversity awareness and leadership development program for middle school students designed to help them understand their role and responsibility in creating a school culture where all students can learn, work and play in peace and mutual respect.

Through a carefully planned curriculum, students and staff gain new insights, increased awareness and deeper understanding around issues such as appearance, class, race, faith, ability, and other diversities. Through a mixture of staff development trainings, experiential student leadership workshops, classroom dialogues and school-wide interactive educational campaigns, participants are challenged to leave their “comfort zone” and are empowered to become positive role models and future leaders.

For more information, please contact Cammy Watkins at Cammy@inclusive-communities.org or 402.391.4460.

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IncluCity

IncluCity is a four-day, residential leadership and skill building experience that brings together a diverse group of 75 high school student delegates representing 3 to 5 schools at a time. With the guidance of a well-trained volunteer staff, IncluCity delegates learn skills to confront and challenge prejudice, bias and stereotypes and discover new ways to become allies for one another.

The program also works to reduce acts of school violence and bullying by challenging the assumptions, attitudes and beliefs around issues of difference (appearance, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation, ability, etc.) Along with students, two faculty members from each participating school are selected to take part as advisory staff in the program to further support delegates as they return to their schools and take personal responsibility in creating safe, welcoming and respectful communities.

The 2016-2017 IncluCity schedule is:

– October 14-17, 2016
– December 2-5, 2016
– January 13-16, 2017

For more information about participating in IncluCity or purchasing the IncluCity Programming Package, please contact Cammy Watkins at Cammy@inclusive-communities.org or 402.391.4460.

IncluShip

IncluShip, Inclusive Communities’ High School Internship Program provides an opportunity for IncluCity graduates to continue sharpening their leadership skills in the areas of advocacy, program development and nonprofit administration while engaging entire student bodies in activities that promote respect and inclusion within their schools.

During this year-long program two student interns from each participating school work with Inclusive Communities staff and school faculty to research current or emerging issues of intolerance and discrimination; organize, volunteer and recruit for human relations educational programs; and lead school diversity clubs and social justice awareness activities.

For more information, please contact Cammy Watkins at Cammy@inclusive-communities.org or 402.391.4460.

Creating Inclusive Communities (CIC)

C.I.C. is a powerful interactive human relations program for students, educators, business professionals and members of the community interested in gaining a greater awareness and deeper understanding of our demographically changing community.  Participants examine personal and societal stereotypes, biases and prejudices and gain the knowledge and skills to forge meaningful intergroup relationships.

C.I.C. workshops are available in half, full or multi-day formats and designed for all ages and sectors of our community.

Clients and Partners: Avenue Scholars Foundation, Benson High School, Beveridge Middle School, Blackburn High School, Bryan High School, Building Bright Futures, Burke High School, Central High School, Child Saving Institute, College of Saint Mary, Duschene Academy, Elkhorn High School, First National Bank, Middle School Learning Center Initiative, Millard North High School, North High School, Northwest High School, Neighborhood Center, Omaha Community Foundation, Roncalli Catholic High School, South High School, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Westside High School, Westside Middle School.

For more information, please contact Cammy Watkins at cammy@inclusive-communities.org or 402.391.4460.

Community & Business Programs

Community ProgramsIt has been Inclusive Communities’ long-held belief that organizations which embrace diversity – people from many different background – will benefit in multiple ways. Yet, we also acknowledge the impact of diversity is paradoxical. While diversity offers great benefits, a workforce representative of many backgrounds also presents challenges. Lack of knowledge and sensitivity, experience with and awareness of different values, attitudes, beliefs and traditions can lead to misunderstanding and tension among various groups.

However, rather than viewing these challenges as obstacles, Inclusive Communities seizes them as opportunities to strengthen our community through well-researched programs designed to examine and break down the stereotypes, myths and barriers among the divides of race, faith, gender and other diversities – a critical first step in the blueprint for building an inclusive workplace culture that reflects mutual trust, acceptance and respect of all its employees.

If you are interested in our adult programs, please contact Operations and Business Development Manager, Cammy Watkins or call 402-391-4460.

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Volunteer Program

Inclusive Communities’ Volunteer Program envisions a trained volunteer taskforce, able to provide comprehensive programming support, impactful experiences for participants, and assist in strengthening society through diversity, inclusion, respect and justice for all people.

As a 501(c)3, Inclusive Communities utilizes the generosity of volunteers to execute large scale programming including IncluCity Leadership Residential Program, Omaha Table Talk, and community engagements. Our unpaid, trained, social justice advocates are able to provide impactful and comprehensive programmatic support under the guidance of knowledgeable staff members.

Inclusive Communities values the ongoing services of our dedicated volunteers. Last year, more than 100 individuals helped us bring educational programs to over 4,000 members of the community. We are always looking for committed and motivated individuals who would like to donate their time, energy, talents, or passions. Volunteers are responsible for supporting programming, facilitating conversations, providing administrative support in our office, and helping us bolster the mission of Inclusive Communities.  Whether you have one hour a month or 81 hours to volunteer, we have opportunities for you!

For more information, please contact Gabriela Martinez at Gabriela@inclusive-communities.org or 402-391-4460.

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Omaha Table Talk

Omaha Table Talk is one of the first local human-relations programs to provide facilitated and structured, but informal gatherings of people of different ethnicities and cultures throughout our community, engaging in conversations about diversity & inclusion over dinner.  Each month different themes and topics are highlighted for discussion. Such facilitated discussions lead to an understanding of differences and greater respect to help eliminate prejudice and inequities in our community. For more information, contact Gabby Martinez at Gabriela@inclusive-communities.org.

2016 Omaha Table Talk Main Event

Monthly Omaha Table Talk Series & Schedule

Creating Inclusive Communities (CIC)

C.I.C. workshops are available in half, full or multi-day formats and designed for all ages and sectors of our community.

Clients and Partners: Avenue Scholars Foundation, Benson High School, Beveridge Middle School, Blackburn High School, Bryan High School, Building Bright Futures, Burke High School, Central High School, Child Saving Institute, College of Saint Mary, Duschene Academy, Elkhorn High School, First National Bank, Middle School Learning Center Initiative, Millard North High School, North High School, Northwest High School, Neighborhood Center, Omaha Community Foundation, Roncalli Catholic High School, South High School, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Westside High School, and Westside Middle School.

Customized Business Solutions

If you have a customized need for training or facilitation in your business related to diversity, tolerance, inclusion, language, or cultural competence, please contact Krystal Boose at krystal@inclusive-communities.org or look through our Custom Diversity & Inclusion Business Solutions page.

Workshops and trainings can vary from 1-hour lunch & learns  and community building, to full-day seminars and weekend retreats. All workshops and trainings come with free consultations to assist us in customizing solutions that fit your organization’s needs.

Also check out Project READI and Workplace Wednesday Workshops!

Building Blocks of Inclusion (BBI)

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.

The BBI professional development and human relations series is hosted at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center.

For more information, please contact Krystal Boose at krystal@inclusive-communities.org or 402-391-4460.

 

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