Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative

Our Lancaster Chamber Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Guiding Statement

The Chamber will promote equity and inclusion in its operations, programs, and practices and will encourage, educate, and support all of its members and partners to actively join them in creating a more diverse and inclusive culture, workforce, and community. 

The Lancaster Chamber is committed to fostering a community where all are treated with respect and dignity. We strive to be inclusive of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, family or marital status, level of ability, religion, veteran status, or any other protected class.

The Chamber acknowledges that this is a continuous journey, and it is critical to continue to listen, learn, and evolve.

As we embark on our own journey in creating more intentional internal practices around DEI, we invite the business community to find information, learn from others and define how you plan to create diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

UNDERREPRESENTED BUSINESS COHORT:

As we evolve our events, programs, content, and offerings to be more inclusive – we are in the process of inviting several businesses, owned or operated by members of underrepresented communities, to join a cohort. This group of businesspeople will guide the assessment of our current offerings while providing feedback on ways we can continue to create a more inclusive Chamber experience. Members of this Cohort will have one year of membership with the Lancaster Chamber and meet monthly to provide feedback to Chamber staff.

If you are interested in learning more about the Cohort, contact Tom Wallace, twallace@lancasterchamber.com.

To learn more about events and programs that support the initiative, visit the Events Calendar.

To review our resource page, click here.

Disclaimer: The Lancaster Chamber is grateful for the lived experiences and efforts by those who created the resources that are above, and we are happy to have cultivated and curated the above resources for business use. However, if you have a question regarding a specific resource or would like additional information on any of the resources, toolkits or articles provided – we recommend getting in touch, directly, with the organization or individuals whose work is showcased here. When inviting someone into further conversation, training, or consulting, we recommend the continual acknowledgement of the time and experience, and especially through compensation for support or expertise.

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