The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City Inc. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced a partnership in September 2020 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.
“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 H. Williams, CCE, 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.”
Work is underway on the first two priorities and the group is planning the development of the final three.
“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.”
For more information or to get involved, contact Cynthia Reid, senior vice president of marketing and communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-297-8942.