Are you thinking about DEI?
Is this a topic of conversation at your organization? Or have you shied away from this topic, because you are afraid of saying or doing the "wrong" thing?
Our team started the conversation some time ago, and it has recently become a more integral part of our team meetings. As is evident from our website, our team is comprised of middle-aged white consultants. Like many, we are trying to gain a better understanding of DEI and what it means to each of us, our team, our clients and our community.
We recently met with a DEI consultant, Khalilah Lyons, who is a dynamic and young - yet experienced - leader. We are seeking her guidance in several areas, which includes:
1. Gaining a better understanding of the DEI landscape
2. Finding ways in which we can learn and grow as individuals and as a team
3. Identifying opportunities to be more aware and thoughtful in our approach to the non-profit community and those we serve
Khalilah did not make us feel badly about who and where we are as a team. She simply noted that this is our starting point. This acknowledgement and our collective ability to speak honestly and without fear was a huge relief. With the ability to speak honestly and openly comes trust. And with trust comes progress.
We know this journey will not be easy and it will likely have no "end". But it will be thought-provoking and help us grow in new and interesting ways. I know I speak for each person on the team when I say that we are looking forward to challenging ourselves, expanding our thinking and perspective, and sharing our insights with you. We hope you will join us in this conversation!