2020 TRUE NWA Train Cohort Selects Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce for DEI-Focused Program

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce announced today it has been selected to be a part of TRAIN Cohort 2020, a TRUE Northwest Arkansas Initiative that seeks to build early leaders for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work in the region. The TRUE TRAIN Program provides an 8-month training opportunity for 20 organizations to increase their capacity to integrate and apply a DEI framework throughout their work.

Members of the 2020 cohort include:

  • Arisa Health, Inc.
  • Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum
  • Arts Live Theatre
  • Benton County Government
  • Boys & Girls Club of Benton County
  • The Jones Center for Families
  • NWA Ballet Theatre
  • NWA Land Trust
  • Partners for Better Housing
  • Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County
  • Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas
  • Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mount Sequoyah Center, Inc.
  • Fayetteville Art Alliance
  • The Salvation Army-Northwest Arkansas Area Command
  • Teen Action and Support Center
  • United Way of Northwest Arkansas
  • Westark Area Council, Inc. – Boy Scouts of America
  • Women of Oz NWA

This program fits well with the mission work of the Chamber’s Community Development division which focuses on building a vibrant, diverse and cohesive community that embraces togetherness and welcomes all. Being selected to this program helps the Chamber to stay up to date on the latest best practices and to empower the next generation of community leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary for championing DEI across the region.

TRAIN Cohort 2020 participants represent partners from multiple sectors, including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, public institutions, and faith-based organizations. The Chamber along with the 19 other organizations will look to build leaders for DEI through learning opportunities, coaching sessions with experts in the field, and development of individualized DEI plans.

Ross Phillips, Vice President of Community Development said, “We are excited to be selected to participate in this cohort. It matches up well with one of our Chamber’s key roles of convening the community to collaborate. Programs like this one from the TRUE Northwest Arkansas Initiative bring people with different thoughts, ideas, backgrounds, and experiences together. The Chamber’s participation will further our knowledge of DEI and help us influence positive outcomes in the region as we confront today’s challenges facing not only small businesses in our region but globally as well. Ultimately, we believe that DEI is all about becoming a cohesive and connected community where people want to visit, live, invest, work, and play. Our participation is a commitment to that.”

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