The murder of George Floyd in May 2020, along with the killings of other Black men and women, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, have once again brought front and center the deep racial injustices that exist within our country.
DSA is assessing our role in addressing systemic racism and developing actions we must take to become a more diverse, inclusive and equitable organization. We recognize this has not historically been an organizational strong suit.
In June 2020, we engaged two Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experts, Adana Protonentis and Leilani Raglin, from Ascending Leadership, to help us on this journey as we work to fulfill our mission and support the inclusive economic recovery of downtown.
Our efforts started with confidential conversations with our Black employees and have since included internal workshops. In October, we launched a DEI Task Force, including a number of board members and DSA/MID staff. At the direction of our consultants, the Task Force will seek to answer three key questions:
- Why is this work important to DSA’s mission and vision for downtown?
- What outcomes do we hope to achieve?
- How will we implement and hold ourselves accountable?
Below is a list of those serving on the DEI Task Force, a detailed timeline for our ongoing efforts and future goals, and anti-racism resources provided by our consultants for our employees, board members and other stakeholders to pursue at their discretion. We will update this material as our efforts progress.
Questions can be directed to Emily Bailor, DSA director of executive administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org.