About the Inclusion Network
Breaking barriers. Honoring differences.
To be a community that expresses kindness, and accepts and values all.
-Governing and pursuing our mission with dedication and intent, ever mindful of the responsibility we carry.
-Graciously welcoming all to the conversation.
-Speaking out and speaking up.
-Respectfully taking courageous action.
-Collaborating through differences.
-Genuinely listening and learning.
In 2003, a group of dedicated, passionate people came together with a common goal: to make Alexandria and the surrounding communities an inclusive and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds to live and work. This group of volunteers included community members, personnel from the local college, local businesses, non-profits and schools who formed the Diversity Resource Action Alliance (DRAA) with the goal of strengthening the community of Alexandria through an appreciation and understanding of diversity and cultural differences.
The first community based-event was held in 2003 with a community conversation: Recognizing and Appreciating Differences: Increasing our Cultural Competence. This event was well attended by the Alexandria community as well as local city and county officials. The city of Alexandria created a formal Cultural Inclusive Committee as a result of this event.
In 2012, DRAA changed its name to the Inclusion Network (IN) to connect more closely with its broad mission. The Inclusion Network views the road to an inclusive community as a natural and healthy path to progress.
In 2021 the Inclusion Network worked with a consultant to become an official 501c3 organization. Programming was paused while we formed a Board of Directors and worked on building a solid foundation for the Network to build on.
As the Inclusion Network continues to grow in size and focus, we will continue to offer educational opportunities to the general public, community organizations and businesses. Inclusion is about dignity and respect - that which we all desire. The Inclusion Network is committed to working with people of all backgrounds in bridging differences and highlighting the importance of human appreciation, empathy, optimism and understanding.
Our board & committees
Meet the members of the Inclusion Network board.