NCBI has launched chapters in dozens of cities worldwide. An NCBI chapter is a team of grassroots leaders who represent a broad cross-section of their community. Typical NCBI chapters include members from public and private schools, local businesses, law enforcement agencies, religious institutions, community organizations, trade unions, and government offices.
NCBI teams meet regularly and become a powerful community resource. They lead prejudice reduction workshops for organizations and at-large groups in their communities, and they intervene with conflict resolution and peacekeeping skills when tough, intergroup conflicts arise. They also offer ongoing, prevention-oriented programs that help communities and organizations to build inclusive environments.
NCBI Chapters provide an opportunity for community members of all ages and backgrounds to get to know one another and to build enough trust to bridge the isolation between different constituent groups. An NCBI Chapter can offer a model for the rest of the community, showing how human beings can work together across group lines.
Starting a City Chapter
An NCBI Chapter grows from the commitment of one or two people. Typically, someone in a community learns about NCBI’s work, often by attending the NCBI Welcoming Diversity / Prejudice Reduction Workshop, and becomes excited about bringing NCBI programs to his or her community.
We encourage that person to attend the five-day Leadership for Diversity Institute in Washington, D.C., USA, preferably along with four or five other interested people from the same community. At the Institute, they learn how to lead the Welcoming Diversity Workshop. Following the Institute, the new group can begin to lead NCBI programs from its home base.
In the interim, we designate one person to serve as contact person with NCBI. The contact person receives ongoing support, supervision, and further training from the closest NCBI Regional Leader to help develop NCBI work in the new community. As the newly-trained group leads NCBI workshops, it builds community support and interests other local people in becoming trained to lead NCBI programs.
When there are at least 30-40 interested people, representing a cross-section of the community, NCBI’s international staff offers an onsite three-day Welcoming Diversity Train-the-Trainer. At this event, participants learn how to lead the award-winning Welcoming Diversity Workshop.
At the end of the training, NCBI staff, in consultation with local participants, selects someone to serve as the Director of the new Chapter. The Chapter Director convenes monthly team meetings and supports Chapter members to lead community programs. Monthly suport calls between Chapter Director and Regional Leader continue.
The Chapter Director, who automatically becomes a National Associate of NCBI, attends semi-annual Associates Meetings in Washington, D.C., USA, to receive additional support, supervision, and training. Each NCBI Chapter is part of strong, international network of NCBI teams that support each other in building more inclusive communities.
To download a copy of “How to Become an NCBI Chapter” in PDF format, click here.
Below is the current list of NCBI City Chapters. While each is identified only by a very specific location, most serve a much broader area. To contact the nearest City Chapter, click on the appropriate link or contact us.
Minas Gerais, Goias
Santa Cruz, California
Washington, District of Columbia
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Island of Hawai`i, Hawai`i
Island of O`ahu, Hawai`i
Park Forest, Illinois
Albany, New York
Cohoes, New York
Del Mar, New York
New York, New York
Rochester, New York
Syracuse, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Corpus Christi, Texas