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The Tampa Bay Chamber and staff are participating in a four-part diversity and inclusion training with Inclusivity, LLC. Presentation summaries follow:

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The Safeword Society – The SafeWordSociety Podcast launched in 2017 by QTPOC+ visibility company, SafeWordSociety is heralded for archiving the authentic narratives of QTPOC+ as a social justice initiative for public broadcasting and social networks. The hosts, Kristen McCallum and Lamika Young, use interviews & discussions with thought leaders, influencers, and community members to navigate the authenticity of their identity. Their mission is to create a safe space for versatility and self-definition while uplifting the stories of those that are too often muted.

This QPOC Life – From the brain behind Edugaytion, This QPOC Life is a podcast that talks about life through the lens of queer & trans people of color. Join Johnathan, Carlos, Jo, and Zach (and friends!) as they discuss how they navigate queerness as people of color. Sometimes serious, sometimes petty, sometimes downright foolish, but always honest.

Code Switch – What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports, and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we are all part of the story.

Still Processing – Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham are working it out.

Ear Hustle – Ear Hustle brings you the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.

The United States of Anxiety – A show about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future.

The Nod – Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life.

Brene’ Brown with Ibram X. Kendi – Listen to BrenĂ© with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist from Unlocking Us with BrenĂ© Brown on Apple Podcasts.


Below is a compiled list of video clips and film recommendations on Diversity:


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Reconstruction: America After the Civil War – This series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change. The 12 years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and make up of our democracy, with millions of former slaves and free black people seeking out their rightful place as equal citizens under the law.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross – This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today when America remains a nation deeply divided by race.

Slavery by Another Name – This 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today.

United Shades of America – Explores race in American and the challenges that communities face.

Online Publications, Resources & Websites



Looking for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement for your Employee Handbook? Feel free to customize and use some of the templates below!

Template 1

We must commit to doing our part, as individuals and as an organization, to build a more racially just and equitable community.

As an organization…

We will take time to learn and understand the depth and breadth of social injustice and racial inequality in our community. We will dig deeply within ourselves to discover how we can do better and be better.

We will listen with a caring heart and an open mind to those whose life experiences will help guide our work and the decisions we make going forward.

We will offer comfort and compassion to those who are struggling to make sense of something that makes no sense.

We will be genuine and authentic in the statements we make and the actions we take in respect to our intolerance for racial inequality and social injustice.

We will be intentional in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a critical core value.

Template 2

We recognize the strength that comes with a variety of perspectives and beliefs, and an environment that encourages respect and trust. Our goal is to purposefully include diverse perspectives to achieve superior business results and fulfill our mission.

Just as diversifying a financial portfolio makes it stronger, promoting a corporate culture of diversity and inclusion makes our organization stronger and helps us provide exceptional member service and innovative solutions for our members and their families. Diversity and inclusion are essential components of our business strategy for competitive advantage, continued business growth and improved performance.

Diversity is not just about race and gender; it is defined broadly as the collective strength of unique characteristics, experiences, skills, backgrounds, perspectives and cultures. Inclusion is the standard of behavior necessary to foster an environment that unlocks creativity and diversity of thought so that employees can be as successful as possible.

Template 3

Our organization is committed to creating an inclusive culture that encourages the exchange of unique perspectives within the workplace and beyond, to benefit our clients and our community, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, faith, and ability.

Template 4

Diversity is the Key to Unlocking Tampa Bay’s Full Potential

We are committed to the philosophy that the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, and the greater region itself, cannot reach its full potential until all entrepreneurs and their startups are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

We are fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of our organization and its programs and services.

We fundamentally value and respect experiences that are different from our own and will foster an environment that will tolerate nothing less from all.

We will embrace all who dare to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and recognize that not all founders come from the same starting point.

We will be intentional in the programs and services we offer so that we can address the barriers that many founders face when launching and growing their companies in Tampa Bay.

We will encourage all startups to build diversity into their companies’ teams and boards from the beginning to increase their likelihood of success.

We will be a champion with visible leadership for the startups with diversity so we can educate the community about the value of these companies.

We will commit to leading by example by building an organization with a diverse team of staff, board members, and volunteers.


We will conduct periodic internal diversity assessments to help the organization leadership identify priorities, recognize strategic opportunities, and enhance diversity performance. These periodic assessments will include staff and board recruiting practices and composition, marketing and PR efforts, client company recruiting and vetting practices, community partnerships, and vendor and contracting practices.

We will seek out leadership opportunities on this topic in the community via speaking engagements, digital content creation and distribution, and other marketing and communication efforts.

We will regularly seek input from our diverse founders and our community partners about our programs and services so we can continue to make progress for all.