The mission of NEPDEC is to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse workplaces. NEPDEC is committed to breaking down barriers of inequities and exclusion by recognizing the unique traits and characteristics of our constituents.

The recent tragic and senseless death of George Floyd and others reminds us of the continued injustices against people of color in our country. We feel anger, despair, and a sense of hopelessness over his loss and are ashamed by the lack of progress we have made as a nation in achieving social justice for all citizens.

We are compelled to amplify our voices by challenging biases and institutional barriers that preserve economic and social inequality.

This means rooting out inequities including systemic racism by tackling these issues constructively within our own organizations and with our communities.

NEPDEC’s goals are to provide educational programming to support equity initiatives; organize networking events to promote interaction and sharing; build strong alliances among historically underserved populations; and share important educational and other resources to support diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that collaboration and leveraging our regional resources is crucial for efforts to succeed.

As part of our ongoing commitment, we invite you to join us for a Community Conversation on how we can work together as a region to progress on these issues.

Sign up by email to join our network or community organizers, and to receive details on when that conversation will take place. You may also call us at 570-207-1540.