Before I reflect on our DEI Committee’s progress from the last quarter, know that our hearts go out to Jacob Blake, his family, and to all of the Black and Brown lives that have been lost and murdered by police. EverTrue stands in solidarity with all of those who are suffering in the face of relentless and systemic racism in America.
And as such, it has taken me a while to compose my Q2 reflections for EverTrue’s DEI Committee. So much has happened in our country in these last four months that it is often difficult to find words, let alone the “right” ones. It sometimes feels like our DEI Committee isn’t making enough progress, isn’t accomplishing enough, especially in the grand scheme of things… but we are committed and showing up.
If you’re new here, check out my reflections from Q1. If you’re ready to continue on this journey with us, read below for what we’ve been up to.
And finally, we put our pen to paper (or rather, keys to a Google Doc) and collectively wrote our DEI Mission Statement.
It may seem like a simple enough task, to string words together about your beliefs, but if you’ve never tried it, it is rather daunting. As a group of 12 people, we had to find our collective voice for both the DEI Committee and for EverTrue at-large.
In the end, we realized it all comes back to EverTrue’s mission — of building relationships in pursuit of a better world. There is so much goodness in our core statement that we simply needed to build upon it and be more explicit. ICYMI, it’s below.
As I said in my first blog post, I’m proud to work with such a talented and engaged group of people. Now that we have over eight months of showing up together each week as part of our practice, we have a greater understanding of each other’s strengths and passions… and personalities! Our intersectionality is our greatest asset and I look forward to contributing to the work we are all doing to make EverTrue a more diverse and inclusive company.