CEO Message to Staff on Anti-Racism
The death of George Floyd is yet another tragic reminder of the bias and violence that exist in our society. This incident, and too many like it, is deeply troubling to those of us working on the front lines to ensure all people regardless of race are treated equally, fairly and with compassion. All of our work together is based on our commitment to the concept that every individual is entitled to participate in and have access to the benefits of our country and to the larger protections of social justice.
What we are seeing across the country is that people are sad and angry, and we are experiencing those feelings as well. We are already going through an incredibly difficult period with COVID-19. The physical distance from each other makes it harder to come together to support each other. Furthermore, as individuals, we may be experiencing these events from different levels of pain and understanding.
During these difficult times, I urge us all to support each other. Reach out to your supervisors, your peers, friends and mentors. If you need support in your grief, please also make use of the resources that we offer through our employee assistance program.
As an organization, we also have a role to play in dismantling racist systems and structures. I am proud of the work we do, and I know we can do more. As we grieve for innocent lives lost, we need to strengthen our resolve to be part of the creation of a better world, a world in which reason and compassion prevail over ignorance and hatred. As an organization, this means being intentional about our actions and impact, and I welcome your thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
I continue to be impressed by the perseverance and resilience of our team, and I am grateful for the support you provide our clients. Please know you have the support of me, your supervisor, and your team if you need additional support at this time.
Please stay safe and well.
Chief Executive Officer
If you would like to join us in reflection and are looking for a place to start, this resource is virtual and free to the general public.