A Conversation on Race: A Universal Perspective
The recently published Trust barometer: Report on The Fight for Racial Justice in Business, the global communications firm Edelman found that 71% of its respondents said that they trusted their employers to usher in change to systemic racism. In a subsequent article published by the Business Insider, Edelman’s COO Lisa Osborne Ross outlined three things business leaders can do to show they are serious about tackling racism The first being “Talk about race and not DEI”….
During the past four months (June – September 2020), I have supported organizations by facilitating “A Conversation on Race” from a universal perspective. Over 1000 employees at all levels and all ethnic groups within the various organizations, elected to participate in the optional forum.
1) Share your Experience
2) Listen for understanding, question for clarity
3) Respect the confidentiality and the right of each individual to share their experiences
4) No solutioning
A pulse survey was conducted at the beginning and completion of each 1.5-hour session. Included in the discussions was an exploration of the escalation of bias, racial indifference, and invisible tolerance.
Our purpose for having the discussion was to provide a space for individuals to express how they were feeling in a tumultuous climate of increasing awareness of the inequities in our public institutions, as revealed by the COVID 19 pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent incidents that followed leading to societal unrest. Read more here.