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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

ACCE DEI Resource Roundup

Will Burns on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

As communities grapple with the challenges of racial inequity, we’ve seen an uptick in questions about best practices for chambers of commerce to engage on diversity, equity and inclusion issues.

In recent updates we’ve highlighted chamber responses to the current national dialogue on racial equity. We’ve also laid out steps your chamber can take to boost your organization’s credibility and begin to take action.

This week’s ACCE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division roundtable call featured a discussion of actions taken in the St. Louis region following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. St. Louis Regional Chamber Senior Vice President of Inclusion and Talent Attraction Valerie Patton joined the call to discuss the work of the Ferguson Commission, a group of regional leaders that come together to solutions for equity in the region by addressing systemic racism.

If your chamber is exploring how it can support meaningful change in your community, the Ferguson Commission Report is a great place to turn for actionable ideas. The report includes 189 policy recommendations. There is also a follow up action plan that measures the success of the work, continued to push for policy change and establish the action strategies necessary to sustain the work. We hope these resources are helpful. You can listen to the complete call here.

Chamber Executive Articles 

 

Recent DEI Division Roundtable Call Recordings

 

Chamber Best Practice Examples

 

What is Your Chamber Working On?

Send us updates on your diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs. Contact Amy Shields at ashields@acce.org.

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