The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City Inc. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced a partnership today aimed at creating a stronger dialogue and engagement of the Oklahoma City business community around issues of social justice and anti-racism.
The partners plan to work together on five priorities: initiating a business community conversation about Anti-Racism; establishing a diversity council and business community working group; creating leadership and mentoring programs; developing an annual research publication that tracks and reports on diversity and economic equality in Oklahoma City; and launching an ongoing initiative to increase minority supplier networks and employment.
Work will begin immediately on the first two priorities and planning on the development of the final three. “Our leadership understands the importance of a diverse and inclusive community – and is anxious to be an effective part of the anti-racism movement,” explained Roy Williams, President and CEO of the Chamber. “We could not have a better partner in this work than the Urban League, as they have decades of experience in this work, and shared goals around workforce development, criminal justice reform, and more.”
“The Urban League is thrilled to be working with the Oklahoma City Chamber to explore and expand opportunities for the business community to help our city become more inclusive,” said Dr. Valerie Thompson, President and CEO of the Urban League. “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become the catalyst for economic development.”
Chamber, Urban League Launch Inclusion Series
The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City Inc. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced a new monthly series: Creating a Culture of Inclusion. These events are part of a partnership aimed at creating a stronger dialogue and engagement of the Oklahoma City business community around issues of social justice and anti-racism.
These events will help managers and business owners navigate new and challenging conversations about race while also ensuring your company is offering equitable opportunities for all.
The topics and dates for these events are:
November 16th: Recognizing How Implicit Bias Affects the Workplace
December 1st: Celebrate Equal Opportunity Day with The Urban League of Greater OKC
January 26th: Ensuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Hiring Process
February 23rd: Implementing a DEI Program for businesses of all sizes
March 23rd: Strategies for Increasing Minority Business Suppliers
April 27th: Creating Space for Cultural Awareness
During the October 26th session, participants will begin the conversation about how to talk about race in the workplace. The event will include more information about the benefits of diverse workplaces and how we can all contribute to making our community and society more inclusive. The guest speaker is Marcia Bruno-Todd, director of programs and community impact for Leadership Tulsa. Marcia is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has a Master's degree in public administration from Arkansas State University. Marcia has dedicated her career to educational equity as a means to achieving social justice for communities.
Each session will be from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and will be held virtually on Zoom. Email email@example.com or call 405-297-8921 with questions.
Individual tickets are $25 for Chamber and Urban League members or $40 for nonmembers to each session.
To purchase the entire six-event series, tickets are $125 for members and $175 for nonmembers.
Organizations interested in securing discounted group packages for their employees may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-297-8921.
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