Today we write in the wake of a global pandemic and in the midst of nationwide protests against structural racism and its legacy of violence and discrimination in our country. We know that this is a time of deep hurt for many that we, as a predominantly white organization, will never fully understand. We also know that it is not enough to just be aware of this hurt. Mindfulness is a practice of listening, learning, and showing up even, and especially, when it is uncomfortable.
Here at Center For Resilience, it is time for some difficult conversations. We can start by sharing our public support for Black lives in our community and around the country, and then we must decide how to look inward and actively commit to anti-racism in everything we do. This week we will engage in an organization-wide conversation around the following three questions:
- What does it mean to be a predominantly white organization in a predominantly white field serving in communities that are predominantly minoritized people of color?
- How do we ensure our practices are culturally responsive and appropriately serving the needs of our communities?
- How do we diversify our staff and board of directors to ensure all voices are at the table when making organizational decisions that impact our constituents and stakeholders?
As an organization, we have always worked to give people tools to foster resilience, to adapt to change, and to rise to their present circumstances. We remain committed to these goals — for others and for ourselves. We will continue to incorporate new best practices so that our language, curriculum, and instruction are responsive to the ever changing needs of our diverse communities, and to be transparent and accountable in our commitment to anti-racism as we move forward.
With this in mind, we are working to launch new services for this Fall to bring mindfulness tools into communities all across our state and our nation. These new digital tools are in response to educational challenges around COVID19, and designed to best serve our communities. Look for more details on that coming soon.