Omaha, Nebraska-based Inclusive Communities is a 501 (c) 3 with an almost 100-year, storied history of promoting justice through educating and engaging the community around racial equity, economic opportunity, and social justice.

In the racially segregated 1930s, Inclusive Communities was established when civic leaders from different faiths refused to be bystanders in the face of hatred, intolerance, bigotry, fear, and deeply embedded prejudice. The rise of the Ku Klux Klan, Nazism in Europe, violent oppression of African Americans, anti-Semitism, and bigotry against Catholics in America was met with a call to action.

With the simple, but daunting, stated goal to eradicate bigotry and discrimination, Inclusive Communities works to help diversify the public school system, from educators to administrators, by training them in ways to dispel stereotypical myths within the student body, and helping to provide role modeling that inspires young people, already in a questioning time of life with issues of identity, to learn respect for all cultures. The organization places an intentional focus on education and outreach to school communities, understanding that community uplift and our democracy begins in our public schools. The “IncluCity” program is a residential leadership and skill-building program for high school students and school faculty to learn together tools for challenging bias, reducing acts of school violence, and challenging assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs around issues of difference that can lead to negative school environments and unsupportive communities.

Inclusive Communities has a decades-long history of making the Omaha community and the world safe for all humanity.

Their “IncluCity Middle” program is a year-long initiative targeting middle school students, a generation of young people most often vulnerable to fear and uncertainty, to co-exist in an environment free from bullying and shaming. The program provides diversity awareness and leadership development for students to help them understand their role and responsibility in creating positive and safe school culture.

Inclusive Community’s Table Talk is a groundbreaking gathering of individuals from different races, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds doing what is seldom achieved in today’s society: just calmly sitting down and talking to each other. While conversations may get uncomfortable, honest, frank talk leads to understanding, and ultimately respect.

The group further created a council for local community members and government leaders to interact with one another and gain a better awareness and understanding of their demographically changing community.

Inclusive Communities is invested in the political process as well, advocating in concert with legislators, other organizations, and coalitions who believe in and are fighting for anti-bias legislation, equal access to services for all, equal employment, and prevention of voter suppression.

The trailblazing activism of Inclusive Communities has a decades-long history of making the Omaha community and the world safe for all humanity.

2020 HCR Awards Honorees