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New initiative launched to support inclusive workplaces

Ramsey County, in partnership with the Workforce Innovation Board (WIB), is launching the Inclusive Workplaces Cohort. This new initiative, in alignment with the Economic Competitiveness & Inclusion Plan, will support businesses in becoming more inclusive workplaces to ensure we are amplifying the diversity of our community as a tool for economic growth. Businesses in Ramsey County will have the opportunity to participate in a 10-month peer learning cohort while advancing equity and inclusion in their organizations.

Saint Paul based Center for Economic Inclusion will lead the experience by creating a learning environment that fosters discussion and sharing of ideas, while encouraging accountability through safe and brave spaces for confidentiality. The Center will provide skilled facilitation to guide participants’ learning journeys using a comprehensive racial equity lens and the levers of systems change.

The first cohort will be launched in October with 20 local businesses, with preference given to businesses with 100 or fewer employees. Businesses from all industries are encouraged to apply by Friday, August 13, 2021. Details on employer information sessions and the application for interested businesses can be found at

This program is sponsored by the WIB’s Equity Committee with assistance from the Partnership and Outreach Committee.

Posted on Friday, July 16, 2021 - 2:22 p.m.