July 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Updates


As the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership continues its efforts to support the regional economic ecosystem in becoming a more equitable and welcoming place, we are sharing various articles, learning opportunities, and tools with you. In the coming months, these will be accessible through the DI360 portal. If your company is interested in being among the first to access the portal, please click here.

South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership Celebrates HustleSBE Cohort 2 Graduates
On July 24, 2020, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership (SBERP) concluded its second HustleSBE cohort, a business bootcamp aimed toward providing support and assistance to minority and women entrepreneurs across the five-county region (view press release). This virtual 12-session program is dedicated to bringing resources on topics including capital, certifications, financial management, and human resources to minority and women-owned businesses. Meet our graduates!

DEI 101 – Inclusive Excellence Series
The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership created the DEI 101 Inclusive Excellence Series to support and encourage regional businesses as they work towards creating more inclusive environments. Launching on Wednesday, August 19th, this virtual four session webinar series is targeted towards for-profit companies in the South Bend – Elkhart region that want to start a DEI program or elevate their current one. Budgets, industries, and outcomes are all variable. We encourage companies with at least 25 employees to attend. This is a great fit for executives looking to bring a DEI program into their company or HR professionals charged with moving forward a DEI initiative. Topics covered included how to’s of starting a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) program, putting your plan into action, creating a culture of belonging, and being an ally – both as an individual and a company. Space will be limited. Click here to learn more and register today!

Benedictine University – Actionable Steps to Advance Inclusion Now
Benedictine University is hosting Actionable Steps to Advance Inclusion Now on 8/13. More info and registration can be found here.

Recruiting a Diverse Team Starts with You
How Organizations Can Support the Mental Health of Black Employees

[Video] How Leaders Can Address Racism & Care for Colleagues of Color
[Audio] The Process of D&I Self-Education with Jessie Wusthoff
[Audio] How Points Learned to Prioritize Their Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

[Worksheet] How Diverse is Your Universe?
[Playbook] Inclusive Meetings

Bethany Hartley
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership