Community inclusion is about bringing people together, learning from each other, and enriching our communities through our collective differences. We accomplish this by identifying and creating opportunities to bring more awareness and engagement across cultural divides throughout rural Nebraska.
What kinds of support and training are available for rural communities?
Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
The IDI is a personal development tool focused on increasing the intercultural competency of participants through a series of activities of self-reflection and intentional growth. By developing their intercultural competency, participants will be able to more effectively communicate, cooperate, and engage with individuals and cultures different from their own experiences. This tool is personalized and flexible to accommodate learning styles, individual experiences, and differing world views on an individual basis. The IDI is also dynamic enough to be applied to entire groups, measuring and analyzing how a group functions in regard to difference and illustrating strengths as well as potential blind spots relating to navigating cultural differences.
Community and organizational workshops
We provide a variety of engaging workshops for communities and organizations seeking to embrace a culture of welcoming and inclusion. This is accomplished through strategies such as: confronting and identifying our own implicit biases and how they impact our decision making, engaging with people across differences, civil discourse, and how to deepen and enrich communication skills. We also provide these same trainings in a train-the-trainer format.
- Learning to identify our own implicit biases.
- How our biases affect our decision making.
- Identifying bias on the structural level.
Using the Civity Method
- Learning to engage in deeper conversation across difference with empathy, respect, and civility.
- Transitioning from an “Us and Them” mindset to an inclusive “Us” mindset.
- When people have the sense that we are in this together—when they feel confident reaching out to and connecting with others—differences become springboards rather than barriers.
Train the trainer
- Want to bring one of the above trainings to your workplace, group, or community? We will provide you with the materials, information, technical assistance, and process for delivering these eye-opening workshops on your own.
- We encourage communities to find collaborative partners to provide additional opportunities, events, and workshops.
Leadership development and programming
We offer foundational curriculum for existing leadership programs for both adults and youth who strive to develop their cultural knowledge and more inclusive leaders. We work with communities to design and meet community-specific needs.
Emergency response planning
Emergencies and crises can happen in communities. Is your community prepared to respond? We provide training to assist your community with responding and supporting community members when emergencies, such as raids, hate crimes or even rumors, leave an imprint of fear and uncertainty on citizens who are either in an unknown status or left behind.
We collaborate with partners to provide additional opportunities, events, and workshops include:
- Centro Hispano
- Grand Island Multicultural Coalition
- Heartland Workers Center
- Immigrant Legal Center
- Nebraska Appleseed
We assisted in creating a rights and planning guide for those facing deportation or removal with these partners. You can find the guide here.
After responding to a raid in O'Neill, Nebraska, we created this Tip Sheet: Responding to Immigration Raids in Rural Communities. We strive to help all rural communities in the U.S. by sharing this tip sheet and it is our hope it alleviates some work if a rural community is affected by a raid in the future.