Industry & Inclusion National Cohort Wraps Up Year Long Convening

Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) and 7 other manufacturing workforce training providers participated in a year-long convening to explore, share and learn about practices and strategies for expanding and supporting racial diversity and inclusion in training programs and therefore expanded access for communities-of-color to high-quality, career-track jobs in manufacturing.

The cohort convened by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and The Century Foundation, advised by a committee of expert advisors, including MR, included a series of guided discussions, public webinars and roundtable program studies to foster exchange and increase the visibility of the role these practitioners play in their regions towards expanding inclusion and participation of low-income and Black and brown communities in manufacturing careers.

On April 30th, 2021, the cohort met for the last official meeting, expertly facilitated by Elmer Moore Jr. of Scale Up Milwaukee, though we all look forward to the final publication documenting our lessons learned and opportunities for future collaboration.

For more background on the project’s history, read “Revitalizing Manufacturing and Expanding Opportunities for Chicago’s Black and Latino Communities” or watch “Building A High Wage America.”

The Industry and Inclusion Project is supported by the Lumina Foundation.