Buxton, Iowa: DEI Lessons From a 1900 Coal Mining Town

  • 27 Oct 2021
  • 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM


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Buxton, Iowa:  DEI Lessons From a 1900 Coal Mining Town

Facilitated by Rachelle Chase, author of books and

executive director of United Through History


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Many people don't know about Buxton, Iowa but it is an inspiring example of DEI. Established in 1900, Buxton was a thriving coal mining town of 5,000 residents, where Blacks and whites were treated equal and both thrived. Additionally, African Americans were doctors, lawyers, teachers, leaders in the community and more. From Buxton, we can learn what happens when all people are given equal access to opportunities, education, jobs, equal pay and more.

By Buxton’s example, we can also see the difference between talking about DEI and actually implementing it, how DEI makes the workplace better for everyone, and ways anyone, regardless of level in an organization, can advance DEI right now.

Rachelle Chase, author of "Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa" and "Lost Buxton," has given more than 80 presentations about the amazing town of Buxton and has now turned her attention to sharing the lessons that we can learn from Buxton today. Rachelle is executive director of a new nonprofit, Uniting Through History, a former senior business analyst for Fortune 500 companies, model, published romance author, and podcaster. More information at: UnitingThroughHistory.org or RachelleChase.com.

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