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The 5th annual Virginia Inclusion Summit takes place on September 18, 2023.

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About the Virginia Inclusion Summit

The Virginia Inclusion Summit brings together workplace professionals, government employees, and higher education administrators and students for a day of learning, sharing, and connecting. Attendees have the opportunity to explore timely issues and learn about best practices to help institutions across Virginia become more inclusive.

2022 Conference Schedule | At a Glance

This year, the Virginia Inclusion Summit is excited to host an in-person conference once again! We are also offering a virtual option, which includes 3 breakouts and the Closing Plenary session via Zoom. 

8:15am – 9:20am

  • Welcome
  • Opening Workshop | All Audiences
    Facilitated by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
9:35am – 10:50am
  • Workshop Session 1  (choose 1 of 4 in-person workshops | 1 virtual option)
    • Best Practices for Inclusive Coaching | Tina Garrett-Ragland, CF Younger | Beginner
    • Developing & Implementing Your DEI Strategy | Kerrol Codallo | Beginner
    • Expanding the Conversation on Race | Cristina Domínguez Ramírez, May Nivar, Mona Siddiqui | Intermediate
    • Using a Racial Equity Lens in Decision Making | Mekbib Gemeda, Vivian Oden | Advanced
    • VIRTUAL | Inspiring Leaders through Empathy | Emma Yackso | All Audiences
11:05am – 12:20pm
  • Workshop Session 2 (choose 1 of 4 in-person workshop | 1 virtual option)
    • Being the First in a DEI Role at Your Organization | Dana Beckton, Denise Counce | Beginner
    • Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences | TBA | Advanced
    • Emerging Trends in DEI Work | George Braxton, Tamika Brewer-Johnson | Advanced
    • Inclusive Hiring Practices | Consuelo Adkins-Tyler | Intermediate
    • VIRTUAL | Implementing Equity in Policies & Procedures | Paula L. Bazemore | All Audiences

12:20pm – 1:30pm

  • Lunch 
1:45pm – 3:00pm
  • Workshop Session 3  (choose 1 of 4 in-person workshop | 1 virtual option)
    • Habits to be an Inclusive Leader | Vidal Dickerson | Beginner
    • Impactful Employee Resource Groups | Robert Canida, Beth Panilaitis | Intermediate
    • Inclusive Communication and Community Engagement | Admon Alexander, Natalie Allen | Beginner
    • Navigating Conflict with a DEI Lens | Sharon Amoss | Advanced
    • VIRTUAL | Inclusive Recruitment & Retention | Jessica Hawthorne | All Audiences
3:15pm – 4:15 pm
  • Closing Plenary | Sponsored by CarMax
    • Making Meaning of this Moment in DEI Work | Nneka Chiazor, Archana Pathak, Michael Paul Williams | All Audiences
4:15pm – 5:00 pm
  • Reception
Closing Plenary Details | Sponsored by CarMax
The 2022 Virginia Inclusion Summit will close with an engaging and timely plenary conversation sponsored by CarMax.  Nneka Chiazor, Archana Pathak, and Michael Paul Williams will discuss the theme of “Making Meaning of this Moment in DEI Work.” 

Learn more about the expert panelists:


Nneka Chiazor joined Cox Communications in 2017 as Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for Virginia and North Carolina Region. She leads a team entrusted with enhancing public-private partnerships, robust employee engagement, digital equity programs, and community goodwill. Born in Newfoundland and growing up between Montreal and Lagos, Nneka’s international upbringing revealed the criticality of bridging divides. She currently serves as an appointed commissioner with the City of Virginia Beach Economic Development Authority. Nneka is also a member of the Boards for the Public Affairs Council and the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, and on the Advisory Board for Somos, Inc. An alum of Harvard Business School, Nneka is passionate about empowering people. For her professional and community work, she received a 2022 Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.



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Archana A. Pathak, Ph.D. is a scholar activist committed to visioning, creating and sustaining a just, inclusive world. Academically trained in Culture and Communication, she frames her work around the stories that we tell and are told about identity and privilege. She has done diversity and social justice work for over 20 years. Utilizing scholarly and community justice models, she explores the ways in which critical self-reflexivity begins and centers a journey of transformative social change. Archana serves as faculty in the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, affiliate faculty in the Department of African American Studies and the Media, Art & Text Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also currently serves as a Special Assistant for Programs and Initiatives in VCU’s Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success.




Michael Paul Williams is a metro columnist whose opinion pieces appear on the Opinion page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A Richmond native, Michael is a graduate of Virginia Union University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  In 2021, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary “for penetrating and historically insightful columns that guided Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy, through the painful and complicated process of dismantling the city’s monuments to white supremacy.”  Additional recognitions include Virginia Press Association awards for column writing in 1992, 1994, 2007 and 2014, the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 2014, the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities in 2012, and the George Mason Award for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism in 2010.

Session Skill Level Descriptions

All participants can attend sessions at any level. An attendee may be a beginner in one area and intermediate or advanced in another area. For example, an attendee may have advanced knowledge of designing inclusive learning experiences but may wish to attend a beginner session on developing and implementing an organization-wide DEI strategy to get motivated and add to their skillset. Participants are welcome to determine their level of knowledge and attend the sessions of their choice, noting that the program will run at the designated level in the workshop description.


Some sessions are designated for all audiences, meaning that there is something for everyone, and people of all skill levels will enjoy the presentation. There will be material for each skill level in these sessions, and all skill levels will get something from the program. Beginners may find some content challenging initially, and advanced participants may hear some material in which they are well versed.


Some sessions are designated beginner, meaning the attendee has introductory knowledge or wants a refresher on the topic. In these sessions, attendees will explore foundational concepts (e.g., key terms, theories, concepts, and practical ways to take action) on the topic.


Some sessions are designated intermediate, meaning that the attendee has basic knowledge about the topic and wants to learn more! These sessions will build on foundational concepts, encouraging attendees to explore more deeply key terms, theories, varying ways to apply the concepts in the workplace, and continuous learning.


Some sessions are designated advanced, meaning that the attendee should have a strong understanding of the DEI topic, whether through formal training or practice, and wants to learn tips and tricks to enhance and maximize their skillset.

Continuing Education Credit Information
Logo: SHRM Recertification ProviderVirginia Center for Inclusive Communities is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDC) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.




The use of the official seal confirms that this Program has met HR Certification Institute’s (HRCI) criteria for re-certification credit pre-approval.



Details about HRCI and SHRM credits will be provided at the event.

2022 Summit Logistics

The 2022 conference will be held in person at The Westin Richmond (6631 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230), and also will offer a virtual option.

General registration opens on June 16, 2022 and can be completed via this website (see below).

Hotel Reservations
Stay at The Westin Richmond for a special conference rate of $169 for Sunday, September 18. A block of rooms have been reserved. Special rate expires on August 26, 2022 or when capacity is reached.
Book your Hotel Room for the Virginia Inclusion Summit Here

Thank you to the 2022 Virginia Inclusion Summit Sponsors


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