Diversity, Multiculturalism & Inclusion

We’re proud to join in support of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion (DMI) across the region.

At the Chamber & CREDC, we are proud to stand in support of increasing diversity for our members and community. Below are a list of the initiatives we lead at the Chamber, as well as a directory of organizations we partner with. 

Celebrate Diversity

Join us annually for this powerful event focused on opening dialogue around diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism.

Matchmaking Catalyst

We serve as a matchmaking catalyst by helping to identify opportunities for women owned, minority owned other diverse businesses in the supplier chains of the region’s entire regional business community.

Business Diversity Champion of the Year

Each year, we pay special tribute to someone making a true difference in our region. A Business Diversity Champion is someone who works in their community or organization to promote the cause of diversity and inclusion. This individual(s) has shown exemplary leadership in ensuring that all individuals are included, represented and served. They have supported or pioneered existing projects or programs involving diversity or inclusion.

Past Business Diversity Champion of the Year Award Recipients

2020 – George Fernandez, Latino Connection
2019 – Todd Snovel, Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ+ Affairs
2018 – Hamilton Health Center
2017 – Dr. Craig Hillemeier, Penn State Health
2016 – Homeland Center

2015 – Patricia Husic, Centric Bank
2014 – Maria Thiaw

2013 – Highmark Blue Shield
2012 – Barbara Terry
2011 – Deborah Vereen
2010 – Bonnie Pyett

A Discussion on Systemic Racism

On June 12th, the Chamber & CREDC hosted a conversation about systemic racism. The discussion focused on how the business community can stand with the black community to close the opportunity gap and create more inclusive cultures. The Chamber & CREDC stands together with our members, the broader business community and the entire black community against systemic racism.  

Regional Collaboration

The following organizations are leading DMI efforts in our region.

African American Chamber of Central PA

Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania

Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs

Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs

Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs

Keystone Business Alliance – Central PA’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce

National Black MBA of Greater Harrisburg Chapter

Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

The Urban Connection

Young Professionals of Color Harrisburg

Resources & Educational Material

If you’re on a journey to become antiracist or are interested in learning more about the conversation about race, relationships, and understanding the deeper issues around racism, we’ve put together a collection of resources to help you get started.