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Eduardo Gardea, RISE Employment Specialist

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2021 Greater Omaha Chamber's The Conference on Opportunity, Diversity and Equity 

Breakout Session: Including People with Criminal Histories

Panel discussion officially begins at the 8:55 minute mark.

Eduardo Gardea RISE, Employment Specialist
Erica Raetz RISE, Director of Reentry
Demetrius Gatson RISE Reentry Specialist
Jasmine Harris RISE, Director of Policy & Advocacy

Nearly one in three Americans of working age have a criminal history. This long-avoided conversation is becoming imperative to hiring practices, inclusion in the workplace and navigating diverse experiences of employees. From tax credits, to statistically proven high retention rates, both business owners and employees win when hiring people with criminal histories. Because incarceration is often viewed as taboo, employers and employees alike are often nervous to ask questions, leading to misinformation.