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Brookings Inclusive Collaborative hosting diversity and inclusion community planning meeting

Courtesy of the Brookings Inclusive Collaborative
A collaborative grant partnership focused on workplace diversity and inclusion in Brookings is hosting a community meeting this month, highlighting the Brookings Inclusive Collaborative’s work on communicating across cultural differences and discussing ways to increase inclusion.
The meeting is planned for April 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center’s Great Hall. Attendees will learn about inclusion-related resources in the Brookings K-12 school district and discuss committing to actions that will enhance inclusion in the community. A free, catered meal by Café Coteau of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota will be provided. Attendees are asked to use RSVP at the Brookings Inclusive Collaborative Facebook event page at https://fb.me/e/1ZtC77WYs.
“This is a great opportunity to learn what the Brookings Inclusive Collaborative research team has learned through our past two years of research and dialogue regarding workplace diversity and inclusion,” said Rebecca Kuehl, principal investigator. “We hope people walk away from this meeting with a commitment to both community and individual actions 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, culturally diverse employees, faith-based community leaders, K-12 educators and Brookings residents to gather views, attitudes, beliefs and experiences connected to workplace cultural diversity and inclusion.
In spring 2021, the focus groups were followed by two community conversation events that invited Brookings community members to discuss how people experience diversity and brainstorm creative approaches to enhance inclusion. Finally, in summer and fall 2021, the research team conducted follow-up focus groups with culturally diverse employees to ensure their voices are represented in the conversations about how to enhance inclusion.
The researchers used the focus groups and conversation events to learn more about how people experience cultural differences in the workplace and whether they consider themselves part of the Brookings community. The purpose of the research is to develop community-driven actions that will increase inclusion.
The Brookings Inclusive Collaborative is made possible through a $193,256 Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation. Molly Krueger Enz, an SDSU professor, serves as co-principal investigator. Other team members include representatives from SDSU, the Brookings School District, Brookings School District, Brookings Economic Development Corporation, Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, the Brookings Human Rights Commission and Vision Brookings.
About the Bush Foundation
The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. Established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, the Bush Foundation supports organizations and people who think bigger and think differently about what is possible in their communities. The Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem-solving—within and across sectors—to make the region better for everyone.
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