The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), based in Richmond, Virginia, works to support diversity, inclusion, and social justice. The center runs workshops and other programs in schools, workplaces, and communities.
VCIC’s Inclusive Workplaces Initiative provides training and consultation to enhance teamwork, employee retention, and workplace culture, thus improving service delivery and productivity. Professional development services for businesses and non-profits include meeting facilitation, retreats, leadership workshops, issue-specific support, and networking.
Educators can benefit from professional development sessions focused on topics such as building inclusive curriculum, creating a sense of belonging, engaging diverse families, and preventing and responding to bullying. VCIC also works with students in middle school, high school, college, and university. The Emerging Leaders Institute helps younger students consider how stereotypes and prejudice affect their schools and communities. Programs like the Allies Institute help postsecondary students develop leadership techniques and inclusive strategies that they can apply to various aspects of campus life.
On VCIC’s website, there is an excellent list of “Ways to Be Inclusive” at home, work, school, and worship (http://www.inclusiveva.org/participate/be-inclusive/). Educators can also check out the archives of VCIC’s Building Inclusive Schools Email Update here and an extensive list of other educational resources here. Find out more about VCIC here.