We cannot live apart.
Our fear of conflict is often larger than our fear of losing connection with each other, so we isolate ourselves from one another. There are ways to be with these fears and let them loosen their grip on us, so that we can have the types of communities, workplaces, and social circles that we all seek.
There are ways of working that balance both fierce clarity about where we are falling short and a much-needed compassion for our human imperfection. I am recognized for my ability to bring clarity to complex and emotionally charged issues.
All this individual and interpersonal work is only worthwhile if it leads to sustained and meaningful change at the institutional level as well.
Together we will work at all three of these levels.
Whether your organization uses the terms equity, diversity and inclusion or anti-oppression and anti-racism, we will do work that you will likely find uncomfortable yet necessary.
- We will examine and address the rights of Indigenous Peoples separate from other discussions about racism because we must recognize Indigenous peoples' distinct laws and rights to self-determination and self-governance.
- We will examine and address racism, and anti-Black racism as a specific and significant area of focus, regardless of the terms your organization uses.
- Indigenous, Black and racialized people may also self-identify as LGBTQI2S, as women, as people who experience religious, language, and class discrimination. We will take an intersectional approach to our work.