Institutional Affiliates Represented by Durham Collaborative Members

Your supply chain isn’t all that is becoming more diverse. . . .

The following institutions and/or organizations have employees or affiliates leveraging their resources to support Built2Last initiatives. All of these institutional affiliations are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

“At AT&T, inclusion is how we unleash the power of diversity, and equity leads to equality for all.  We strive each day to foster a sense of belonging and empowerment in our workplace, create relevant marketing for our customers, listen before engaging in our communities and work as a team alongside our diverse suppliers.  We innovate with the community in mind and focus our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices on four pillars:  our employees, our communities, our customers, and our suppliers.”

“We at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) recognize that everyone loses when we refuse to accept, learn about and value the differences that make our state such a dynamic patchwork of individuals and cultures.”

“We empower our clients to make the best possible decision about their investment. . . .”

“We envision East Durham and the surrounding area as a vibrant place where all residents have an exceptional quality of life with the economic and political power to impact decision making that affects our community.”

“Our goal is to eliminate racial disparities in real estate and close the wealth gap through closing the home ownership gap . . . .”

“We are committed to meeting the needs of all individuals whom we serve.”

“Durham is a vibrant community in which all residents and employees thrive with power and purpose.  Racial equity is an embedded principle, shared economic prosperity is a reality, and race is not a predictor of outcomes.”

“Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity and belonging.  Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes.  To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respectful, and that all voices are heard.  All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.”

“Our goal is to support efforts to build a shared understanding that deeply racialized systems are costly and depress outcomes and life chances for all groups.”

“Our students and school deserve equitable access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.”

“The college embraces the diversity, equity and uniqueness of students, employees, and the communities that we serve by committing to be an anti-racist institution.”

“El Centro Hispano wants to strengthen the community, build bridges, and advocate for equity and inclusion.”

“We are invested in ensuring that every North Carolinian can see themselves in this movement and helping create a safer, more equitable world for all marginalized folk.”

“The Institute for Educational Research, Development and Training conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women and girls of color.”

“Diversity and inclusion are critical in design.  Our professional growth depends on it and may change someone’s life.  The quality and richness of ideas that we can generate with a diverse team are endless.”

“At Lenovo, we embrace and inspire different.  Different fuels innovation.  And different powers our fundamental belief in developing smarter technology for all.  To deliver this, our technology must be built by all. . . We are committed to continuing the advancement of greater diversity in all its forms across our workforce and to foster a sense of belonging with inclusive practices.”

“North Carolina A&T is committed to expanding diversity and enhancing inclusion by promoting and cultivating a rich exchange of ideas and broad cultural awareness.  As an inclusive environment, students, faculty and staff can embrace a culture of mutual respect that promotes cross-cultural understanding.”

“North Carolina Central University is committed to embracing a wide range of ideas, people, and communities and is a campus with a welcoming environment for all.”

“North Carolina State University is committed to fostering an inclusive campus community of students, faculty and staff who value and inspire personal, academic and professional excellence.”

“Operation Hope is committed to accelerating financial opportunity for all.”

“Our goal is to eliminate racial disparities in real estate and close the wealth gap through closing the home ownership gap . . . .”

“Pinnacle seeks top talent in its markets, inclusive of women and minorities.  Through leadership and training opportunities, we seek to ensure diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, inclusive of race, ethnicity and gender, in our leadership.”

“We intentionally seek investment opportunities in minorities or underrepresented populations in an equitable manner that results in:  (1) greater representation of minority-owned investment firms; (2) increased assets under management for minority-run investment funds; and/or (3) allocating capital toward investment strategies that intentionally consider and engage with companies on DEI criteria.”

“We constantly put diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront of the conversation.”

“QuePasa Media Network is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Airport Authority

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority is committed to creating a level playing field on which small businesses, specifically minority and women-owned businesses and disadvantaged business enterprises, can participate in an environment that removes barriers, ensures non-discrimination, and provides the tools necessary to compete successfully in RDUAA contracts and procurements and the larger marketplace outside of the small business programs.

“We embrace our diverse backgrounds, interests, and skills as we work together, taking advantage of our exceptional talent to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practices.  Diversity is valuing everyone as an individual.”

“It is not about fitting into the culture; it is about adding to it.  SAS has a multidimensional culture that blends our different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives for employees. We want everyone to feel confident in expressing their ideas and know that they will be respected for their unique contributions and abilities.”

“We help small business entrepreneurs with limited budgets to get the word out about their existence, products and services so that they can survive and grow like their larger competitors.”

“We are committed to eradicating poverty and increasing social mobility for everyone in the Greater Triangle.”

“Our mission is to promote self-sufficiency for all women in North Carolina through entrepreneurship.”

“At WUNC-NPR, diversity is the unending pursuit of meaningful inclusion in the face of historic and present-day exclusion.  It is a value that must live in all that we are and all that we do, beginning with the Board of Directors and cascading down to every corner of the enterprise.  It must live in our content, hiring, audience and workplace; in our business deals, our partnerships, and our collaborations with stations across the network.”

Yuubik Games and Consulting

“We embrace and practice diversity, equity, inclusion and promote a sense of belonging in all that we do.”

201 W Main St. B01-01
Durham, NC 27701

Office: (919) 998-9747
P. O. Box 12886

Our Overall Mission

Built2Last works to create a more inclusive entrepreneurial and business ecosystem in Durham, with an emphasis on women and underrepresented minorities, and assist individuals in marginalized communities to gain the skills and experience needed to fully participate in economic prosperity.

Durham Built2Last Innovations Lab, Inc. values equity, diversity, and inclusion in all its dimensions. As part of our mission, we welcome all voices to add their perspectives on how we can ensure that our community remains diverse. Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion strengthens our voice as a community while elevating our ability to eliminate economic disparities.