As Galileans, we actively stand with our Black colleagues and against anti-Blackness and racism.
For us, part of what it means to actively stand in solidarity means understanding we can never think we’ve arrived at an anti-racist destination. As scholar and author Ibram X. Kendi writes in his book, How to be an Anti-Racist, “being an anti-racist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought pain and loss to many communities and has severely and disproportionately impacted people of color. In addition, Black people have been further traumatized by the horrible killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and George Floyd that have occurred or been brought to light over the past few weeks.
At Galileo, we believe that it is our responsibility to envision and create a better world; one in which all people can be actors in their own lives, can safely lead them in the way they envision and people with more privilege use it to create equity.
We also know we must practice what we teach, and actively stand up against racism.
Here’s what we are doing to live up to our values:
- Renewing our commitment to the multi-year inclusion & diversity initiative
- Opening up space in our weekly town hall meetings to openly share and reflect
- Launching weekly internal discussion sessions using these resources from Brittany Packnett Cunningham, including an all-team session to spark deeper dialogue and action this week (optional for Black colleagues)
- Encouraging our HQ team to delve into anti-racist resources for suggested actions during this time
- Sharing resources via social media, like Teaching Tolerance’s section on race and equity
- For/with our Black colleagues, we’re offering a virtual, safe black space to continue the process of dialogue and healing together
Workshop Resource For You
As part of the Innovator’s Process, we know it’s important to continue sharing what we’ve learned with others. In that spirit, this is the facilitator session outline we’re using with our own team this week. We hope this resource will serve you, your workplace, family, or any other group you’re a part of in committing to this work.
Questions or reflections? Email them to email@example.com.