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 view our Business Programming Brochure and/or contact Business Development Manager, Tena Hahn Rodriguez or call 402-391-4460.

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Business Programming Brochure

We offer various customizable programs for your organization.

Click here to see our latest offering and pricing for 2020/21

Contact our Business Development Manager Tena Hahn-Rodriguez or call 402-391-4460 for further inquiries.

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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 5200 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!

Colin@inclusive-communities.org or 402-391-4460.

Register for a Table Talk here!

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 Dominic Green at Dominic@inclusive-communities.org.

Monthly Omaha Table Talk Series & Schedule
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Creating Inclusive Communities (CIC)

C.I.C. workshops are available in 90 minute to half or full day formats and designed for all ages and sectors of our community.

Current Clients and Partners include: Mutual of Omaha, Women’s Fund, FilmStreams, University of Nebraska (Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha), UNMC, ConAgra, Omaha Girls Rock, Nebraska Appleseed, City of Omaha Planning Department, City of Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, Cedars, Nebraska Offices of Probation and Courts Administration, Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers, Benson High School, Blackburn High School, Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, Bryan High School, College of Saint Mary,  Creighton Preparatory Academy, Marian High School, Doane University, North High School, Northwest High School, Ralston High School, Lewis and Clark Middle School, Collective for Youth, Youth Leadership Council Bluffs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Greater Omaha Chamber, Joslyn Art Museum, Opera Omaha, Omaha Performing Arts, Durham Museum, Iowa State University, Bellevue Housing Authority, OPPD, Metro Community College and others.

For information and inquiries please contact Tena at Tena@inclusive-communities.org.

Customized Business Solutions

If you have a customized need for training or facilitation in your business related to diversity, equity, inclusion, language, or cultural competence, please contact Tena Hahn Rodriguez at Tena@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.

Check out our  available Workplace Programs and partnerships!

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Transformational Leadership Program - Partnership with Bellevue University

The Transformational Leadership program is a new virtual workshop series to train leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is developed and facilitated in partnership with Bellevue University.

It consists five 4-hour workshops running from July to November 2021, and covering a range of topics such as:

  • Identity and authenticity
  • Why and how diversity contributes significantly and powerfully to business results
  • Coaching for performance and powerful communication
  • Retention and talent strategy
  • Operationalizing the value of diversity in the workforce

Costs: $799 for employees of non-profit organizations and members of CODE Omaha

$1,199 for employees of for-profit organizations and non-members

Select scholarship opportunities available based on financial need. Email Bellevue University for details

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Business Solutions

Custom Diversity & Inclusion Business Programming

In order to stay competitive globally, nationally and locally, companies must to recruit and maintain a diverse workforce and demonstrate a top-down company value of inclusivity. Your customers’ and employees’ diverse identities impact how they see, understand, and experience your organization, work space, services, and products. Merely increasing diversity OR being inclusive is not enough. Organizations must have high-levels of inclusion AND diversity for the greatest impact. Inclusion is your goal to achieve, and diversity is your measure of success!

We know when companies embrace diversity and inclusion as a business strategy, not just as an HR program, they statistically outperform their corporate peers. Check out our seven reasons your organization should invest in diversity and inclusion education and professional development!

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  1. Racially/Ethnically diverse teams outperform non-diverse teams by 35%. –McKinsey, 2015
  2. America is becoming more ethnically diverse: 38% of the US labor force identifies as persons of color. – U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 
  3. Across sectors and occupations, white men are more likely to be hired and paid more than all other equally qualified peers, i.e. women and/or peers-of-color. – Bendick & Nunes, 2012; Fortune, 2014
  4. 57% of employees think their companies should be more diverse. – The Glassdoor, 2014
  5. [T]he best way to ensure the development of new ideas is through a diverse and inclusive workforce. A diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to drive innovation, foster creativity, and guide business strategies. Multiple voices lead to new ideas, new services, and new products, and encourage out-of-the-box thinking. – Forbes Insights, 2011
  6. For every 10 percent increase in racial and ethnic diversity on the senior-executive team, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rise 0.8 percent. – McKinsey, 2015
  7. If you can increase the feelings of inclusion in your workplace by 10%, work attendance would increase almost one day per year, per employee. – Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission and Deloitte Australia, 2013

Inclusive Communities’ customized, professional development workshops focus on building leadership skills and respectful, inclusive behaviors in order to assist in sustaining this competitive advantage in the workplace. This is done by providing participants with activities and presentations aimed at understanding socialization; examining unconscious bias and prejudices; and increasing the knowledge, language and dialogue skills to forge meaningful inter-group relationships and impact your organization’s culture.

Our presentations and activities are designed to examine and break down the stereotypes, myths, and barriers among the divides of race, faith, gender, ability, and other diversities – a critical first step in the blueprint for building an inclusive work-space and organizational culture that reflects mutual trust, acceptance and respect of all its employees and customers.

In depth consultations are conducted to handcraft the most dynamic programming that will assist employees in developing personal human relations skills. Additionally, consultations allow staff to incorporate company values into the workshops and focus on leadership development, team-building and organizational pride.  Following a workshop, participants complete evaluations to determine their perceived personal and professional growth and to identify personal goals to implement in their workplace, as well as, in their personal life.

*Pricing for custom workshops varies based on date, timing, location, and participant size.*

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