Lozier Omaha Table Talk series


Omaha Table Talk was initially created in 2003 by the social justice advisory committee of Catholic Charities Omaha.  Committee member Terri McFarland saw value in reproducing the Dallas Dinners idea here in the Midwest. McFarland founded the initiative along with other members of the committee, including A’Jamal Byndon, Franklin Thompson, Kathy Jeffries, Karen Nwango, and Frank Partsch.

In the beginning, each event featured six or more people who gathered and facilitated candid conversations at a private home. More than a decade ago Inclusive Communities acquired the program, shifting to larger events in public spaces.

Our monthly Lozier Omaha Table Talk series programming highlights themes and topics based on trending issues our community is facing. Our quarterly series, Race Dialogues, highlights intersectional identities and experiences impacting people of color. Each Table Talk program opens with a panel of speakers and is then broken into small group discussions led by trained facilitators. These facilitators help guide safe, honest, and open conversations around the highlighted theme or topic.

Additionally, every year we host our Main Table Talk Event. During the Main Table Talk Event, Inclusive Communities partners with various restaurants and businesses who graciously donate meals and private spaces for participants to enjoy while having meaningful dialogues about race and identities.

Programs, such as Omaha Table Talk, ultimately help eliminate prejudice and inequities in our community by providing participants with the opportunity to interact with each other and learn from people with diverse identities and experiences. Omaha Table Talk strives to make our community a more inclusive place to live by creating opportunities for interpersonal relationships to grow.

A special thanks to our series sponsors:            

Lozier Omaha Table Talk & COVID-19

The vision of Inclusive Communities is to continuously strive for a society that is strengthened by diversity, inclusion, respect, and justice for all people. We strive to model that in our own actions and in consideration of the World Health Organization declaration of COVID-19 as a world pandemic, we have decided to hold all our Omaha Table Talk events via Zoom for the remaining months of 2020.

We will announce new community program event dates as they are solidified. We will also be updating our website and social media as needed with new information as it becomes available.

As we all navigate this new territory, it is critical to move forward with social justice in the forefront of our minds. We know that inclusion and justice are products of intentional collaboration therefore we encourage you to continue adding seats to the table of inclusion and justice. We urge all individuals and agencies to have similar dialogues to find out what you can do to support our communities in this time of uncertainty.

Registration opens one month before the event. Click here to register.

Click here for a parking map.

Inclusive Communities provides ASL interpretation at Omaha Table Talk events.

Omaha Table Talk is free and open to the public (registration required); all interested parties are invited to take part in open and honest dialogues about their ideas and beliefs associated with race, faith, gender, and all forms diversity.

All Omaha Table Talk events for the remainder of 2020 will be hosted online via Zoom. For more information about attending Omaha Table Talk, please contact info@inclusive-communities.org or call 402-391-4460. For events held in UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, parking is available in Lot D/E; click here for a campus map.

For information about volunteering as a small group facilitator, please complete a volunteer application here or email Dominic@inclusive-communities.org.


OTT 2020/21 Schedule

October 6, 2020 at 6pm – Voting Rights

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October 27, 2020 at 6pm – Public Health Care and Race

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November 10, 2020 at 6pm – Mass Incarceration Reform

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December 1, 2020 at 6pm – QTT – Living Positively with HIV

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January 12, 2021 at 6pm – Poverty, Living Wage

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February 23, 2021 at 6pm – Reparations

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March 30, 2021 at 6pm – QTT – Transgender Awareness

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April 8, 2021 at 11:30am – OTT – Native and Indigenous Peoples: The Nebraska Perspective

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April 20, 2021 at 6:00pm – OTT – Racial Disparity and Marijuana Laws

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May 4, 2021 at 6:00pm – QTT – Youth + SOGIE + Askable Adults


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May 18, 2021 at 6:00pm – OTT – Mental Health Disparities: Diverse Populations

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June 15, 2021 at 6:00pm – OTT – Continuing Conversations with the AAPI Community

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