Ky. Chamber launches Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Frazier appointed CEO
To help create meaningful, long-term change for Kentucky businesses, families, and communities, the Kentucky Chamber Foundation announced the launch of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Joseph Frazier was hired to serve as executive director, spearheading the organization’s efforts to help educate business leaders and transform workplaces across Kentucky.
The Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will work closely with the Kentucky House Racial Inequality Task Force, made up of business, education and state leaders, to achieve the House’s goals of making Kentucky a better place to live, work and do business. Last year, the task force published the “Achieving equity to build a stronger KentuckyâReport proposing short- and long-term solutions to make aggressive progress in tackling racial inequalities in the Commonwealth.
Since 2018, Frazier has served as Director of Dr. Patricia Carver’s Office of Identity and Inclusion at Bellarmine University. He has overseen student and faculty outreach, led fundraising, and developed programming, training, pipeline and retention initiatives, as well as lectures for the university. Additionally, Frazier helped establish the framework for Bellarmine University’s strategic priority on diversity, equity and inclusion. Frazier’s work led him to receive Bellarmine’s highest honor for a professor or staff member, the Bellie Award for Internationalization and Diversity.
Prior to working at the University of Bellarmine, Frazier began his career at his alma mater, Virginia Tech. As deputy director of cultural and community centers, he has advised several minority student organizations, led a facilitator training program, facilitated cultural and diversity workshops throughout the institution and oversaw several other initiatives. academics. He has also worked in partnership with a number of local community organizations in the New River Valley area of ââVirginia.
Frazier has also been involved with many community organizations in Kentucky, including the Community Foundation, Volunteers of America DE&I Task Force, and the Louisville Chief Equity Officer Committee. Recently, Frazier was recognized as a Louisville 40 Under 40 and an Honorary Colonel from Kentucky.
The Kentucky Chamber Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit and is the philanthropic arm of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. This program is launched in partnership with the Kentucky Chamber Foundation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. and Brown-Forman Corporation.
“After the release of the Fairness Report, we promised that this report would not sit on the shelf and that we would present a program for Kentucky to help overcome the racial inequalities that have held back our progress for so many years. generations, âsaid the senior vice president of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation. President Beth Davisson. âRacial diversity, equity and inclusion are good for business, and we’re excited to build on this work with Kentucky employers. Joe Frazier is the right leader to launch the DE&I Center, and we’re excited to be working with him and getting down to work on everything we have in front of us. “
âThere is good work to be done, and it is an honor to be entrusted with this initiative to better serve the people of Kentucky,â said Frazier.
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce