The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success by addressing prejudices, in all forms, in order 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. Our organization traces its roots back to 1935 in Virginia. With a lengthy and rich history, we have been destined to change with the times, even as we work to change the times in which we live. Originally founded as the Virginia Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities concluded our association with NCCJ in 2005 and joined with many of our fellow offices across the country to form the National Federation for Just Communities, a new movement fighting prejudice in all its forms.
Emerging Leaders Institute
Emerging Leaders Institute programs conducted by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities help middle school and high school students understand how stereotypes, bigotry, and prejudice can negatively affect their schools. These programs also provide participants with tools to develop their own student-led follow-up action plans. Programs can be designed to focus on a specific area of interest that a school wishes to address or can provide opportunities to broadly consider inclusion, prejudice, and leadership. In all cases, participants leave with enhanced skills in conflict resolution, coalition building, group facilitation, and diversity management. Students return to their schools with the ability to shape a community based on inclusion, respect, and understanding.
Diversity in Higher Education Division
The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with colleges and universities across the Commonwealth through the Diversity in Higher Education Division. These programs give college students the opportunity to develop leadership techniques and dynamic strategies for their diverse campuses. Workshops, trainings, and retreats enhance the ability of Virginia's college and university students to effectively navigate diversity through academics, athletics, Greek life, residence life and all other areas of campus life. The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities also works with administrators, faculty, and staff to enhance intergroup understanding at all levels of Virginia's higher education institutions.
Inclusive Workplaces Initiative
The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities provides professional development and consultation to enhance workplace cultures all across the Commonwealth. Programs are designed to maximize teamwork, productivity, employee retention, customer service, and service delivery. Clients include small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Community Programs and Partnerships
The fight against prejudice is a cooperative process. Not only does the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities work with school systems, businesses, and law enforcement agencies, but we also work with like-minded organizations to maximize our efforts towards inclusion and respect. With chapters in Lynchburg, the Peninsula, Richmond, and the Tidewater/South Hampton Roads areas, our organization strives to meet the ever-changing needs of localities across the Commonwealth.