Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Achieving Success through Inclusion

Richmond, VA   |  www.inclusiveVA.org

Mission

*ACHIEVING SUCCESS THROUGH INCLUSION*The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.

Ruling year info

2006

President & CEO

Mr. Jonathan C. Zur

Main address

5511 Staples Mill Road Suite 202

Richmond, VA 23228 USA

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Formerly known as

National Conference of Christians and Jews - Virginia Region

National Conference for Community and Justice - Virginia Region

Virginia Conference for Community and Justice

EIN

20-3188273

NTEE code info

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) works to address issues of bias, prejudice, and discrimination in schools, businesses, and communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Over the past several years, the demand for VCIC’s services has grown dramatically, as intolerance across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and class has become even more visible in many of our communities. The number of active hate groups in Virginia tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center has risen by over 25% in the last twenty years. At the same time, teachers, business leaders, and community members regularly report to VCIC that they aren’t equipped to have conversations around issues of prejudice in their schools, organizations and neighborhoods. VCIC also knows that the growing demand for our programs also means that more Virginians are becoming aware of intolerance and inequity in the world around them and are willing to stand up for inclusion.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational Equity Initiative

The Educational Equity Initiative develops a critical mass of educational stakeholders who are passionate, committed, and prepared to lead efforts to eliminate disparities based on race in all areas of school life and academic achievement. These disparities include, but are not limited to: lower scores of Latino and African American students as compared to their white and Asian peers; their under-enrollment in honors and advanced placement courses; higher rates of suspension and enrollment in special-needs classes; and rates of high school graduation and college and university preparedness, acceptance, attendance, and completion.

Population(s) Served
Teachers

The Harold M. Marsh, Sr. Connections Institute (formerly Metrotown) is the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ signature high school program.  Serving students from across the commonwealth since 1993, Connections is an intensive 5-day, 4-night human relations experience that takes place each summer.  Schools send teams of up to 5 students to participate in Connections, and those delegates explore prejudice, identity, and diversity in interactive workshops and small discussion groups with peers from throughout Virginia.  They also build communication and conflict resolution skills and develop action plans to share the Connections message with their schools.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Since 2001, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has held the Project Inclusion program (formerly Unitown) for high schools across the Commonwealth.  Designed for students and educators from a single school or district, Project Inclusion brings together up to 60 students and 15 educators for an intensive four-day residential experience.  While at Project Inclusion, participants explore issues of diversity and prejudice, gain insight into their own lives and values, and develop action plans to share their learning with their sending school(s).  Administrators have credited Project Inclusion with improving school climates, reducing incidents of bullying and violence, and building stronger connections between students and educators.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Prejudice Awareness Summit (PAS) is an intensive day-long workshop for middle school students that leads to a year of programming designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and acceptance of ethnic and cultural differences. Since its inception, the PAS has provided training to nearly 2,000 middle school students from the metropolitan Richmond area. On average, 28 schools participate in the program annually, each sending eight students and one or two adult sponsors, usually teachers, guidance counselors, or administrators.
The PAS curriculum takes participants through a process of awareness to action. Students learn to recognize prejudice and intolerance, and to respect others. They work closely with their peers from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Trained adult and high school facilitator teams guide the students through small group learning activities that explore personal experiences with discrimination and develop conflict resolution skills.  During the PAS, educators receive professional development training that compliments the student learning. Jointly, students and educators develop follow-up plans to take back to their schools to share the PAS message with the larger school community.
Founded in 2001 by the local chapter of Jewish Women International, the PAS is today sponsored by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities with the support of a coalition of community organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) mission is to work with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success by addressing prejudices, in all forms, to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust. Through workshops, retreats, and customized programs that raise knowledge, motivation, and skills, VCIC develops leaders who work together to achieve success throughout the Commonwealth. VCIC’s work increases individual knowledge, skill, and willingness to stand up against bias and discrimination, while giving teams and individual leaders the tools to drive inclusive shifts in culture, policy and practice across their institutions and communities.

VCIC’s vision is to create a Virginia where every person is included and where prejudice, intolerance, and fear of facing those issues don’t stand in the way of success for our schools, businesses, and communities. In order to achieve this vision, our overarching organizational goal is to transform thousands of individual Virginians and hundreds of organizations each year into knowledgeable, committed, and skilled advocates for inclusion who can make meaningful, lasting changes in their local environments for years to come.

VCIC services and programs bridge the gap between immediate responses to incidents of bias, discrimination, or hate, and long-term, proactive efforts to lead organizations and communities toward active inclusion and equity. VCIC’s “Awareness to Action” program methodology has been shown to dramatically increase individual knowledge, skill, and willingness to stand up against bias and discrimination, and VCIC’s Success through Inclusion framework gives teams and individual leaders the tools to drive inclusive shifts in culture, policy and practice across their institutions and communities. VCIC’s program strategy focuses on three main areas of change:

Schools: VCIC educator professional development and student leadership programs engage over 11,000 participants each year, reducing bullying, stereotypes, and prejudice in schools and youth-serving organizations.

Businesses: VCIC staff provide professional development for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations, fostering workplace inclusion for over 4,000 participants annually.

Communities: VCIC provides locally-focused programs for over 5,000 individuals annually that address critical community issues such as race relations, interfaith understanding, immigration and xenophobia, and poverty.

The services that VCIC provides (both in-person and virtual) have a significant impact on individuals, organizations, and communities across Virginia. VCIC’s robust program evaluations regularly demonstrate statistically significant changes in individual knowledge, skill, and motivation to create change around issues of bias, discrimination, and inclusion within their schools, businesses, and communities. Additionally, through the development and supported implementation of inclusion action plans, many VCIC programs also have a direct impact on organizations themselves, catalyzing shifts in both policy and culture that make them measurably more inclusive.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is the only non-profit organization serving the entire Commonwealth of Virginia with a demonstrated track-record of helping schools, businesses, and communities advance inclusion through learning, engagement, and skill-building. As an organization, VCIC has over 85 years of experience in promoting inclusion across multiple lines of difference in Virginia. In addition to this deep experience, our team also brings cutting-edge knowledge of best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion education, identity development research, and bias-reduction strategies.

VCIC also brings to our work a high level of on-the-ground applied experience and deep connections to key stakeholders and affected communities across Virginia. VCIC’s professional staff of a dozen facilitators conduct hundreds of programs, training over 20,000 Virginians annually. Staff member engage in rigorous ongoing professional development and peer-to-peer observation and skill-building. With a State Board comprised of educational, business, and civic leaders from across the Commonwealth, and volunteer chapters in Lynchburg, Peninsula, Richmond, and Tidewater along with a state-wide reach, VCIC also benefits from engaging a highly skilled and diverse mix of Virginians in guiding and supporting our local work. Finally, thanks to many years of prudent fiscal management, strategic capacity growth, and strong community support, VCIC has the internal organizational systems, checks and balances, and prudent reserve fund resources necessary to ensure that we can continue meeting our goals even in uncertain and challenging times.

Founded in 1935 as the Virginia Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), VCIC’s early work focused on helping communities address religious and ethnic intolerance in Virginia. Increasing work on racial discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s, and on an expanding set of diversity issues throughout the 1970s through 1990s cemented NCCJ’s (and now VCIC’s) reputation as a trusted and valued resource for advancing inclusion across the state.

Incorporating into an independent nonprofit in the 2000s, VCIC is now a statewide leader in supporting Virginia schools, businesses, and communities to navigate issues related to diversity and inclusion, providing over 500 workshops, retreats, summits and community forums for schools, businesses, and communities across the Commonwealth each year. Evaluations consistently demonstrate that VCIC activities produce measurable results in reducing bias and increasing inclusion for tens of thousands of participants each year. Furthermore, VCIC programs consistently result in significant and concrete long-term changes in individual behaviors, organizational cultures, and DEI-related organizational and educational policies.

By providing rigorous, evidence-based programs that measurably increase thousands of Virginians’ knowledge, skills, and capacity to advance equity in schools, businesses, and communities across the Commonwealth, VCIC is making significant progress toward our vision of a Virginia where every person is included, and where prejudice, intolerance, and fear of facing those issues don’t stand in the way of success.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    VCIC participants include representatives from schools, businesses, and communities who participate in our programs. They most often are connected to institutions that are VCIC clients.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Curriculum has been updated to better align with program objectives based on participant feedback.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Board of directors
as of 8/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Lisa Hicks-Thomas

Dominion Energy

Term: 2020 - 2022

J. Benjamin English

Hirschler

Ashby Kilgore

Newport News Public Schools, Retired

ReNee' Dunman

Old Dominion University, Retired

Chris Zambas

Community Volunteer

Miriam Davidow

Community Volunteer

James Spencer

United States District Court, Retired

Quan Schneider

Altria

Lisa Hicks-Thomas

Dominion Energy

Elizabeth Panilaitis

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Hadeel Abouhasira

Williams Mullen

M. Imad Damaj

Islamic Center of Virginia

Mekbib Gemeda

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Baljit Sidhu

Sikh Association of Central Virginia, Inc.

Aaron Smith

University of Lynchburg

Alexis Swann

TowneBank

Charlie Boyd

BWX Technologies, Inc.

Jodi Gillette

Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation

Joycelyn Spight Roache

Old Point National Bank

Karla Almendarez-Ramos

City of Richmond

Douglas Jones

Fahrenheit Advisors

Jill McCormick

The Cabell Foundation & Jackson Foundation

Vivian Oden

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Cameron Patterson

Robert Russa Moton Museum

Melvyn Smith, Jr.

Genworth

Kelly Stuart

Bon Secours Mercy Health System

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/08/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.