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DE&I Training Archives

From December 2021 - March 2022, NERC and partners offered 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 were free and open to anyone attending.

DE&I Training Partners/Planning Committee

  • 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  included presentations, discussions, and sharing of resources about:

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

Training Series Recordings & Presentations

DE&I Training Series Speaker Bios

DE&I 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 Presentation - Tamara Lundgren & Stef Murray of Schnitzer Steel Slides
DE&I Training 1 - Cheryl Coleman of ISRI Slides

Other Resources Shared: Employee Resource Groups

DE&I Training 2: Recognizing & Addressing Unconscious Bias

DE&I Training 2 - Recording
DE&I Training 2 Presentation - Willie Johnson & Nidhi Turakhia Slides 

Other Resource Shared: Identifying Biases

DE&I Training 3:  Creating a DE&I Path

DE&I Training 3 Recording - Part 1
DE&I Training 3 Recording - Part 2
DE&I Training 3 Presentation - Robyn Afrik Slides

Other Resource Shared
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Podcast: Equity and Inclusion in Ottawa County, MI with Robyn Afrik and John Shay

For more information on Belonging please consider reviewing these diverse views and recommended resources:
The Belonging Initiative
Why it’s Time to Drop Belonging from the Diversity Conversation (CQ)
Belonging Framework at Cornell University
The Value of Belonging at Work  - HBR
Belonging: From Comfort to Connection to Contribution – Deloitte Insights
Other & Belonging Institute – John A Powell

Training 4: Engaging With Diverse Communities

DE&I Training Recording (English)
DE&I Training Recording (Spanish)
DE&I Training 4 Presentation - Berenice Garcia Tellez & Jose Luis Ramos Slides

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

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