The past couple of weeks have been surreal.
It’s taken me some time to wrap my head around it. A lot of quiet reflection. Realizing how fortunate I am to have my health, how privileged I am to be able to work safely from home. Even in unbelievable uncertainty, I know I can count my blessings. I send my love and thanks to all those essential workers and their families, who are giving so much of themselves during this time.
As we start to think about what a new normal might look like, I encourage us to take a moment to reflect on the lessons we’ve learned about ourselves.
There's a wisdom in my culture, Sankofa, which means "go back and get it". The idea here is that to understand where you are going, you need to know where you've been. Like the Adinkra symbol that represents it, Sankofa asks us to look back into the past, taking lessons we’ve learned into the future.
I believe that after everything we’ve been experiencing together, we are capable of being so much more inclusive than we ever imagined.
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of delivering my first ever live webinar, entitled "Empathy: The Secret Sauce in Effective DEI"! Such a critical topic when planning for DEI-related change management and implementation, yet one we rarely discuss. This webinar challenges some of the more traditional ways of doing this work, which often requires us to put emotions aside in order to appear neutral, unbiased or “professional”. Unfortunately, this approach often overlooks the real feelings we carry with us when it comes to DEI -- and to DEI-related change in particular. As a result, this webinar covers the following:
Recently, I have been having a lot of conversations about the best ways to track the success of organizational diversity, equity and inclusion. I am a strong believer that traditional approaches to measuring effectiveness based solely on diversity -- which tend to rely heavily on snapshots of representation by gender, race, LGBTQ2S+ identification, for example – are not sufficient. Instead, to be truly meaningful, I believe organizations need to also have insights into the experiences of diverse staff.
Here we are, just moments away from a new year -- and a new decade! As many of us do every year, it's time to consider what's next for us, reflect on our goals, and set resolutions. 2020 is here and the future is NOW!
This year, I've decided to think about the future of DEI and set my goals accordingly. Ten years from now, what are the changes I hope we'll see in the field? How can I help move the dial forward? What is the story my clients will tell about their DEI journey? This list offers food for thought for organizations seeking to grow their DEI capacity and establish themselves as leaders.
Last summer, I was delighted to be a guest on The Small Nonprofit Podcast, hosted by Cindy Wagman at The Good Partnership. We had a great chat about the possibilities for diversity, equity and inclusion in the sector, and considerations for smaller organizations wanting to do this work.