Diversity & Inclusion

Children’s Organizational Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Children’s is proud to share its organizational statement on diversity and inclusion. The full text of the statement—and a spoken video version—can be found below. It was developed in collaboration with members of Children’s employee resource groups (ERGs).

“This statement reflects our People First culture and ICARE values. It articulates and formalizes our commitment to fostering an environment of belonging, where all individuals are respected and celebrated for exactly who they are and what they bring to our organization.”

Chanda Chacón, Children’s President & CEO

Children’s Nebraska is committed to a People First culture, where we embrace and value the unique strengths and differences of people. We cultivate an inclusive environment of respect and trust where we all belong—team members, patients, families, students, partners and community members. We foster a culture of belonging through actions and words, policies and procedures, education and engagement.

ICARE (Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Excellence) for Everyone:

  • Respect for all regardless of the differences
  • Value and celebrate diversity
  • Listen to understand
  • Embrace the whole person
  • Advocate for others

Children’s is committed to continuous improvement on this journey to be excellent and respectful in all our relationships. We will honor and learn from the diverse traits and experiences of every person we encounter. We will view mistakes as important opportunities for learning and growth.
Whether a team member, patient, family member, student, partner or community member—

We see you. We value you. We care about you.

You are welcome here, and you belong.

Celebrating Our Team Members

Continuing our theme of inclusion, Children’s has five employee resource groups (ERGs) focusing on the experiences that make each person unique. Each ERG is open to everyone and has its own mission, business goals and community goals. The ERGs and their populations of focus are:

  • C.A.R.E. (Compassion, Access, and Respect for Everyone of all abilities): Experience of employees with visible and invisible disabilities
  • Children’s PRIDE (People and Resources for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity): Experience of our LGBTQ+ team members, volunteers and contractors.
  • • FUELL (Fostering Unity and Empowerment to Launch Leaders): Experience of professionals emerging in their careers.
  • RISE (Reaching for Inclusion, Success, and Equity): Experience of our African American and Black employees, volunteers, and contractors
  • Veterans: Experience of our active duty and veteran team members

For more information on Children’s ERGs, please reach out to our Culture & Inclusion Program Manager, Katie, at [email protected] or Culture & Inclusion Director, Shavonne, at [email protected].


Integrated patterns of behavior that include language, thoughts, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and traditions

Adapted from Community Health Association of Mountains/Plains States


Bringing together and harnessing diversity in a beneficial way by creating, nurturing, and sustaining an environment of respect, involvement, connection, and excellence

Adapted from T. Hudson Jordan’s Moving from Diversity to Inclusion (Profiles in Diversity Journal, March 2011)


Richness of human differences — both seen and unseen


Providing everyone with the resources needed to level the playing field


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