Diversity Roundtable Subcommittees

Six subcommittees, organized in April 2010, are working to support diversity. Their focuses are on:

  • Website
  • Willingness to Serve Database
  • Annual Best Practices Award
  • Summit
  • Focus Groups
  • Community Diversity Class

Website: A website is currently being developed with the assistance of Professor David Blakesly of Purdue. This website will be the home of links to diversity organizations and issues in Tippecanoe County. The three Human Relations Commissions are interested in sharing the website. This website will be a way to let people from outside the community know about the diversity in the community and will also serve as a source of information and referral for those within the community.

  • Individuals are needed who have knowledge of the diversity organizations in the community and how they are related to each other.
  • Individuals who can solicit organizations to either agree to place their links on the site or link to the site from their sites.
  • Individuals who have technical and/or creative skills are needed to serve on the Website sub-committee but technical or creative skills are not required to serve on this sub-committee.
  • Individuals who are willing to keep the website fresh and updated with current information.

Members: Mike Piggott - chair, Joe Seaman and Clyde Hughes

Willingness to Serve Database: In an effort to expand and diversify the pool of emerging community leaders, the DRT has created a Willingness to Serve Database of individuals interested in serving the community as appointed members of non-profit boards, government commissions, and other community leadership positions. Organizations only work through the involvement of people, and we want to assure that all people have opportunities to lead in Tippecanoe County. To be included in the database, an individual should go to the website and complete the survey. The information submitted through the survey will be placed in a database housed at Greater Lafayette Commerce. The information will be available for boards and commissions as vacancies open.

  • Individuals are needed who are interested in soliciting emerging leaders to place their information on the Willingness to Serve Database.
  • Individuals who are interested in soliciting boards and positions to consult the Willingness to Serve Database when they have opened leadership positions that they are interested in filling with diverse emerging leaders.
  • Individuals who have technical and/or creative skills are needed to serve on the Willingness to Serve Database sub-committee but technical or creative skills are not required to serve on this sub-committee.

Members: Linda Sorensen – chair, Travis Brown, Mike Piggott and Christopher Munt

Annual Best Practices Award: The DRT has given a Best Diversity Practices Award to companies who have demonstrated quality diversity training and practices in 2008 and 2009. The winners were Eli Lilly and State Farm respectively. The award has been given at the annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner in order to enhance its stature and the recognition of the recipient.

  • Individuals are needed who are interested in soliciting companies to either self-nominate or who would be willing to nominate companies as recipients of the award. It would be helpful to institutionalize the process so it runs smoothly from year to year.
  • Individuals are needed who are willing to organize the logistics of developing an application, advertising the award nomination process, making the selection and presenting the award to the winning company. It will be important to work closely with Greater Lafayette Commerce to have an effective process.

Members: DuShaun Goings – chair, Betty Memmer, Dana Smith, Clyde Hughes, Linda Sorensen, (Sylvia Anderson)

Summit: The DRT has sponsored four Diversity Summits in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009. Individuals are needed to plan a Summit for April 2011. Historical information has been kept on the previous Summits that would be helpful in planning the April 2011 Summit.

  • Individuals are needed to select a date, determine a theme, secure a keynote speaker, identity a location, determine a funding mechanism and provide the logistics of the event. It would be helpful to institutionalize the process so it runs smoothly every two years.
  • In addition to a planning committee there will be a need for individuals to serve various functions on the day of the event.

Members: Joan Marshall – chair, Kim Sublett, Joe Seaman, John Corey, Angelica Duran (WL HRC), Jos Holman

Focus Groups: The DRT sponsored a Community Climate Survey that was released in March 2010. The findings of the survey will serve as a baseline for the community’s climate and will be conducted again in three and five years. Some subgroups were not surveyed in enough depth to determine what actions steps would be effective in improving the climate for those groups. In order to get more information as to the perceptions of equal and unequal opportunities for these groups, the DRT will conduct and analyze three focus groups. The groups to be included in the three focus groups are African Americans, Latinos/Latinas, and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community.

  • Individuals will be needed to work with the professional focus group facilitator on developing the issues to be addressed and the questions to be answered.
  • Individuals will be needed to help identify focus group participants from the various communities to be surveyed.
  • Once the data has been collected by the professional focus group facilitator, individuals will be needed to help to analyze the data and determine the actions steps to be taken to improve the climate for those in the individual groups and make recommendations to the DRT.

Members: Christopher Munt – chair, Jose Cabral, Bryan Bell, Kim Sublett, Kelly Leonard, Suzanne Clemenz

Community Diversity Class: The key objective of this course is to offer introductory diversity information to individuals who could serve as leaders in the community. Currently this is a program of the DRT facilitated by Ivy Tech. Ivy Tech is investigating offering this course on-line and free of charge.

  • Individuals are needed to determine the target audience for the Community Diversity Class and the best mechanism for reaching the target group.
  • Individuals are needed to consult on the content of the course to see if it meets the objectives of training leaders in the community on diversity issues.
  • Individuals are needed to help with the logistics of providing the course. This may include, but is not limited to, putting the course on-line, soliciting participants and/or investigating funding mechanisms.

Members: Elaine Doss – chair, Sharon McKnight, Bryan Bell, Kelly Leonard, Christopher Munt, Travis Brown, (John Corey)