Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

State of Indiana’s Equity Data Portal>>

Governor Eric J. Holcomb completed one of his August 2020 commitments to improve equity, inclusivity and opportunity by launching a public disparity data portal. The data dashboard delivers a view into current equity gaps that exist in health, public safety, social services, education and workforce. The information reveals key areas the state will focus on to address disparities in our communities and monitor overall progress throughout the state. 

“I’m committed to removing the obstacles that perpetuate inequities in our communities. We must understand where we are before we can take steps toward achieving a truly level playing field,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Being transparent during the process is critical if we’re going to move forward together.”

DE&I Series 1

Tom Salmon, Chairman & CEO, Berry Global, Lori Sutton, Director Corporate Human Resources/Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Berry Global, and Holly Sanders, HR Director, AstraZeneca gave us a look at how their organizations are advancing equity, both within and outside the workplace. This E-REP DEI Series is in partnership with the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, Inc., Welborn Baptist Foundation, Inc. and BRIDGE: Building Respect & Integrity in Diverse Greater Evansville.

A Few Key Takeaways:

  • Diverse teams make 87% better business decisions
  • Businesses with Gender Balance are 50% more profitable
  • DEI makes business sense
  • DEI is the human thing to do
  • Equity = Giving people what they need
  • Start with a conversation
  • Awareness training
  • Start meetings with a ‘DEI moment’


DEI Series 2

Thank you to all our guests that attended this morning for the DEI Series 2 Event. We hope you found the panelists Karrah Herring and Danyelle Granger informative and engaging with practical ways to start or accelerate your organization’s DEI journey. Please find a few key takeaways and resources below. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for November to attend the 3rd event in the series. Where you will be provided with a Toolkit to help you along the way.

Thank you to our sponsors CenterPoint Energy and Old National Bank, Technology Sponsor Concept Sound & Light, and Tropicana Evansville for helping make this a successful event.

A Few Key Takeaways:

  • Survey employees for feedback on feelings of belonging
  • Talk about culture – conduct small group conversations
  • Listen
  • Develop a Growth Mindset – think differently
  • Learn – seek out mentors to enlighten and keep in check
  • Values held by others are just as valid as your own
  • You cannot lead beyond your exposure
  • Diversify governance/organization at all levels – who is missing from the table?
  • Immediate impacts can affect the long-term outcomes of community and economic development, workforce
  • We need to close the wealth, education, and health gap
  • Diverse-owned businesses need access to capital, consumers, contracts, and the ability to be bonded


Local DE&I Stories

An essay from USI President Celebrating Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, University of Southern Indiana President Ronald S. Rochon, PhD comprised an essay titled “Because of You: Community Activism Guided by Humanity” that will appear as the “State of the U” in the Spring 2021 issue of illume, the University of Southern Indiana magazine. To read the full essay, please click here.

Toyota’s Indiana Plant Creates Job Pathways for People Living With Disabilities

Ivy Tech Community College Announces MLK Essay Contest Winners

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