Who we are

Mission
Believing that honest conversation is the best bridge for our divisions, Orlando Together helps enterprises address the impact of race-related issues on stakeholder value through place-based diversity training

History
Orlando Together is committed to fortifying our cities by undermining racial divisions. It is an outgrowth of the community impact work of Downtown CREDO, and Orlando-based social enterprise committed to inspiring the pursuit of meaning, impact, and community.

Early notions of the work of Orlando Together began in 2015 with the Downtown CREDO annual Bike Rally and Bike Parade – themed Orlando Together – celebrating the diversity of the city through a parade in the historic Parramore neighborhood corridor.Following the 2017 Parade and joined by community stakeholders and partners, Orlando Together launched as a nonprofit with the first Dinner on Division.

2018 saw the successful execution of three Trainings, drawing three diverse cohorts of Orlando stakeholders to address the racial fissures undermining the city’s Civics, Education, and Religious sectors.

We believe that issues of race are best understood in historical and physical contexts and best explored experientially. Trainings through Orlando Together take place in place-based experiences, inviting participants to explore issues of race in real-time historic contexts.

Team

Emily Wray

Documentarian

Born in Florida, raised in California, and finally putting down roots in Orlando.

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Nicole Higgins

Executive Director

Born in Jamaica, grew up in Orlando, and claim a handful of cultural cues from time in Georgia (Go Bears!), Southern California, and D.C.

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Ben Hoyer

Board Chairman

I grew up in Lake Mary, but my family is solidly Midwestern. But when anybody asks, I now proudly claim Orlando as home.

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