Omaha Performing Arts Cultural Inclusion Summit


March 28-29, 2019

Orpheum Theater & Holland Center
Registration closed

Space is limited!

March 28 at 7:30 PM:
See the show at the Orpheum Theater.
March 29, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM:
Attend the summit at the Holland Center. Lunch is provided.

Through a daylong summit guided by the themes of the Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY, professionals will gain valuable skills in creating an inclusive work environment, understanding bias and building a diverse workforce. Facilitators from Inclusive Communities and OPA Director of HR Gennean Scott will lead the conversation. 

• Attend COME FROM AWAY on Thursday, March 28, at the Orpheum Theater. 
• Participate in sessions led by Inclusive Communities on Friday, March 29, at the Holland Center. 
• Hear a panel discussion featuring the producer of Come From Away, Sue Frost, along with cast members from the show  moderated by OPA Director of HR Gennean Scott.
• FEE: $50 per participant; includes lunch and performance. Scholarships are available for nonprofit organizations.

Questions? Contact Dominic Green at 402.661.8425 or

Learn more about Come From Away

Learn more about Inclusive Communities.



Inclusive Networks

Who’s in Your Circle?: The goal is to illustrate how some social, work, and community circles are homogeneous.
• Participants have the opportunity to analyze the diversity of their own social, work, and community circles. 
• Realize others in the community have similar and different experiences and why this is. 
• Realize the diversity or homogeny of the community. 
• To drive a conversation about how participants can be more inclusive.

Personal Assumptions
In the Iceberg activity, participants are asked to describe what they know about the facilitator for sure, based only on his/her appearance. This exercise allows participants to see culture as something more than tradition, heritage, or race. 
• To begin the process of learning who they are and how they personally identify. 
• To think for themselves.
• Understand inter-relations with other cultural groups. 
• To appreciate their personal complexities and diversity, as well as that of their community. 
Forced Choices
In this facilitated activity, participants are given questions with three or four possible answers and must choose an answer. Participants are asked to discuss why they made that choice, their perspective, and what helped them build their opinion.
• Develop skills needed to engage in dialogue; learn the difference between dialogue and debate. 
• Practice active listening skills to understand and learn more about different perspectives. 
• Given the opportunity to think about why they have the opinions and perspectives they have.

Inclusion Planning 
What does Diversity/Inclusion mean? Brainstorming: Participants will be lead through an activity to define the words “diversity” and “inclusion”. 
• Discuss the definitions of diversity and inclusion 
• Identify ways the organization excels and can improve on diversity and inclusion 
• Groups will think of ways to convey their organization’s desire to be diverse and inclusive


Meet The Instructors

Inclusive Communities
Camellia "Cammy" Watkins
Tena Hahn-Rodriguez
Christine Jaynes
Tiffany Clifton
Jillian Post