The Diversity Roundtable of Greater Lafayette works toward inclusion by encouraging access, equity and respect for all. It is a group committed to addressing multiple dimensions of human diversity, specifically those that are linked to conditions in our community that result from prejudice and discrimination.
The Diversity Roundtable has been meeting monthly for over 20 years. They provide leadership and promote strategies to achieve a culture that values diversity as evidenced by attitudes, policies and practices within Greater Lafayette and Tippecanoe County, Indiana. A meeting typically involves presentations on pressing diversity issues, and conversations with community leaders. Other programs, such as Conversation Circles, Congress Street United Methodist Church Book Club, Quality of Life Council activities and Purdue University diversity and inclusion programs are discussed and promoted through The Diversity Roundtable.
The Diversity Roundtable also hosts a biennial Diversity Summit including a keynote speaker, lunch, small group sessions and learning sessions. The 2021 summit will feature Keynote Speaker Kenyetta Dotson, founder of Dotson Consulting, an organization designed to empower people, strengthen community, and improve the overall quality of life for individuals, youth, and families who are the most underserved.
A selection committee solicits nominations for the Diversity Roundtable Best Practices awards, presented at the Greater Lafayette Commerce Annual Dinner.
The Diversity Roundtable meets the first Thursday of every month from 11:30am-1:00pm, at the YWCA or virtually.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
Greater Lafayette Commerce’s Minority Business Development (MBD) program will strive to promote and sustain the economic growth, development and self-sufficiency of minority business owners and entrepreneurs; recruit minority-owned businesses into Tippecanoe county and provide business referral services to the appropriate minority business assistance agencies.
MBD will implement a variety of actions to promote the growth of minority businesses, such as:
- Leveraging expert advisory from local equality and inclusion advocate, Jesse Moore.
- Gleaning strategic direction input from MBE Greater Lafayette Commerce member focus groups and brainstorming sessions.
- Fostering strategic partnerships between majority companies and minority-owned small businesses.
- Working with existing organizations to develop strategies to grow the number of MBEs in Greater Lafayette Commerce’s Economic Inclusion Plan.
- Hosting seminars and workshops throughout the year to provide professional practices knowledge share in key focus areas such as marketing, sales, business development, taxation, accounting and customer services.
- Publishing and promoting a Minority Business Directory which helps companies meet their minority vendor usage goals.
- Arranging network opportunities at Annual Celebration, Golf outing, Quarterly Development Series, Business Expo events and receptions.
- Enhancing the visibility of Greater Lafayette Commerce's minority members through its annual Minority Business of the Year Award program.
- Assisting businesses with securing diverse business certification through the State of Indiana which opens new doors of opportunity.
- Focusing on the planned evolution and expansion of the group through 2023.
The 3rd Week of September
Welcoming Week provides an opportunity to highlight immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, parents, and colleagues, and to make our communities more welcoming to all those who call Greater Lafayette home. Greater Lafayette Commerce works closely with the Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies and other community organizations who have a stake in the growth of our community.
Carlos Montes with Clean Lemon
Eddie Del Real with Del Real Auto
Sabir Hussain with Cold Stone Creamery
Jose Munoz with La Tapatia
Adela Lozinski with Adela's Flowers