BROOKINGS – A collaborative grant partnership focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace at Brookings is hosting a community meeting next week, highlighting Brookings Inclusive Collaborative’s work on communicating across cultural differences and discussing ways to increase inclusion.
The meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 in the Great Hall of the McCrory Gardens Visitor and Education Center.
Attendees will learn about inclusion-related resources in the Brookings K-12 School District and discuss engaging in actions that will improve inclusion in the community. A complimentary catered meal at the Coteau Café at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota will be provided. Attendees are asked to RSVP to the Brookings Inclusive Collaborative event Facebook page at https://fb.me/e/1ZtC77WYs.
“This is a great opportunity to learn what the Brookings Inclusive Collaborative research team has learned over our past two years of research and dialogue on diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Rebecca Kuehl, Principal Investigator. “We hope people leave this meeting with a commitment to community and individual action to make Brookings as inclusive as possible.”
The community planning meeting builds on work done in 2020 and 2021. In fall 2020, Brookings Inclusive Collaborative researchers convened 14 focus groups with more than 80 business leaders, human resources managers, employees from diverse cultures, faith-based community leaders, K-12 educators. and Brookings residents to gather views, attitudes, beliefs and experiences related to cultural diversity and workplace inclusion.
In the spring of 2021, the focus groups were followed by two community conversation events that invited members of the Brookings community to discuss how people experience diversity and brainstorm creative approaches to improving inclusion. Finally, in the summer and fall of 2021, the research team held follow-up focus groups with culturally diverse employees to ensure their voices are represented in conversations about how to improve. inclusion.
Researchers used focus groups and conversation events to learn more about how people experience cultural differences in the workplace and whether they see themselves as part of the Brookings community. The purpose of the research is to develop community actions that will increase inclusion.
The Brookings Inclusive Collaborative is made possible by a $193,256 Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation. SDSU professor Molly Krueger Enz is co-principal investigator. Other team members include representatives from SDSU, Brookings School District, Brookings Economic Development Corporation, Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, Brookings Human Rights Commission and Vision Brookings.