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DE&I Training Series

NERC and partners offer a national – virtual – four-part training series on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) for those working in recycling and solid waste industries.  The Trainings are free and open to anyone attending.

DE&I Training Partners

  • Dan Schoonmaker & Isabel Soberal, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
  • Cherish Miller, Revolution
  • Steve Changaris, National Waste & Recycling Association
  • Stef Murray, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
  • Nidhi Turakhia, Allied Alloys
  • Renee Panetta, City of Troy & NYSAR3’s DEI Committee
  • Willie Johnson, Willie Johnson Communications

The Training series  includes presentations, discussions, and sharing of resources about:

  • Making the Case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Recognizing & Addressing Unconscious Bias
  • Creating a DE&I Path for Government Employees
  • Engaging with Diverse Communities

DE&I Training 2: Recognizing & Addressing Unconscious Bias on February 2, 1:30 – 3:00 eastern.

The Training offers a practical approach to identifying and addressing unconscious bias and its negative impact in the workplace; as well as providing strategies that promote inclusion.

Date & Time:  Feb 2, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. eastern

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The presenters will lay the groundwork for the Training by defining unconscious bias,  helping us to recognize our personal identity and its influence on our biases, raising our awareness about the impact our biases have on our and our co-workers' work performances, and developing strategies for inclusion and implementing a DE&I program in the workplace and in our personal lives.  

DE&I Training 3: Creating a DE&I Path for Government Employees - February 28, 1:30 - 3:00 eastern

Date & Time:  Feb 28, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. eastern

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Trainer: Robyn Afrik, Director, Ottawa County Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I)

The training will include some creative exercises for helping government employees with developing a deeper understanding and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The Training will focus on the importance of the path each of us takes in this process, how it empowers us to advance our thinking about DE&I, and that job titles and work priorities don't have to be limiting factors.  

DE&I Training Series Speaker Bios

Training Recordings & Presentations

Training 1 - Making the Case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Building the Foundation for DE&I in the Workplace

DE&I Training 1 - Recording

DE&I Training 1 - Tamara Lundgren & Stef Murray of Schnitzer Steel Slides

DE&I Training 1 - Cheryl Coleman of ISRI Slides

A special thanks to the sponsors for the DE&I Training and NERC’s work on DE&I:

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