Each month, Firebelly CEO Duncan Alney seeks out members of the Indianapolis community who have a similar passion and drive for community engagement. He recently had the privilege of speaking with Doran Moreland, Executive Director of Statewide Diversity and Community Outreach at Ivy Tech Community College.
Moreland is an active board member of the Indianapolis Chamber, United Way of Central Indiana, Visit Indy, Indiana Humanities, and RecycleForce. You could say he’s pretty dedicated to seeing his community grow in a positive way. While Doran’s main focus is in the education realm statewide, his experience and understanding of diversity and community engagement can be applied in all areas of community growth.
Three main pillars of diversity and community engagement
At Ivy Tech, Moreland’s efforts are focused on these three pillars for diversity and inclusion.
1. Underserved student success and retention.
Ivy Tech guides students in a direction where they will be able to succeed. Moreland focuses on and supports students that might be the first in their family to attend college or come from various financial or tender home scenarios.
2. Diverse talent attraction and retention.
In order to build a stronger Indiana, Ivy Tech embraces every persons’ unique qualities and encourages positive contributions to the community post college.
3. Supplier diversity.
By partnering with minority, women and veteran-owned businesses, Ivy Tech is helping new, aspiring entrepreneurs. Moreland believes entrepreneurs are the core of a strong community.
What community engagement is all about
In order to increase community engagement in the Indianapolis area, Moreland believes we should strive to be successful in these three areas.
Community engagement requires all the moving parts to fit together just right. By challenging ourselves to look at where the community isn’t functioning as smoothly, we can find ways to sparks action and move towards a more connected city.
2. Listening and adopting.
Listen to what people do best in the community and adopt practices that make sense. For example, Ivy Tech has campuses around the state. While they are individual campuses with unique qualities, the college grows as a whole by understanding what each campus is doing well and incorporating more of those practices. This concept can be applied across the board.
3. Thoughtful discussions.
When we include diverse voices to the mix, we hear new ideas, approaches, and strategies that help build connectedness and bring to life best practices that can be adopted.
“We all do better when all of us are doing well,” said Moreland. The passion Moreland has for the Indianapolis community is something we can all strive to encompass. How are you building community engagement in your city?
You can watch the full Facebook Live chat between Duncan and Doran below!
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