Welcome to the fourth edition of the National Diversity Council Newsletter for 2021. Over the course of the fourth quarter, the National Diversity Council (NDC) hosted the inaugural Native American Summit, Ohio Veterans Summit, Fort Worth Women in Leadership Symposium and the National disABILITY summits. The NDC also hosted the Certified Diversity Professional Program virtually in Miami, Florida with 1,000 individuals now holding the prestigious industry certification. 

November marked Native American Heritage Month with NDC and the Michigan Diversity Council kicking off its inaugural Native American Summit. The summit’s theme was, “Standing Together and Taking Action” and addressed and educated organizations on their efforts to foster outreach and inclusion of Native American/Indigenous People. It served as a platform for organizations, leaders and individuals to share their stories, experiences, best practices, and contributions in increasing Native American/Indigenous representation and creating a more equitable and inclusive workplace.

Through the various events of the pandemic, social unrest and racial injustice, we learned valuable lessons that we applied to 2021 to make us stronger as individuals and as an overarching organization. 2021 gave us the opportunity to create safe spaces for marginalized groups and build on our commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in workplaces and communities. 

As we look forward to the growth of the National Diversity Council, we will continue to advocate for equality, spearhead initiatives improving the diversity landscape and form ways to ensure inclusion is a part of all workplaces and communities. We cannot do this alone. We appreciate the support of our partners, sponsors, volunteers and attendees for their continued support. You are the ones who truly carry our mission forward. We invite you to join us in our journey working towards equity for all at various events across the nation by keeping up to date at nationaldiversitycouncil.org.

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