Metro DC ATD's Commitment to Antiracist Practices
In June 2020, the Metro DC ATD Board of Directors shared a statement with the chapter affirming that Black Lives Matter and renewing our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice within our organizations and the talent development profession. Following that statement, the below framework outlining our chapter's commitments was developed. This framework as well as the perspectives of our chapter's members, partners, and leaders, are used to inform our decisionmaking.
Subject: Black Lives Matter
While these past few weeks of turmoil have been jarring and emotional, we know that systemic racism is not new.
It is not new to our Black colleagues who experience daily life, from interviewing for a job to walking down the street, through the lens of race out of necessity. During times like these, they are often asked to continue with business as usual while reliving traumas via videos depicting violence against yet another Black person. We also recognize our Black colleagues as individuals, each with their own experiences navigating barriers built on systemic racism. This is particularly true if they are women, transgender, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, caregivers, and/or members of other marginalized groups.
We unequivocally believe that Black Lives Matter and that our talent development community can lead the way to change. As people professionals, we are charged with unleashing the potential of individuals and organizations. This past year, we have already led the way in rapidly shifting organizations to virtual work during a worldwide pandemic. We are now called to renew our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice within our organizations and profession. When Black voices are ignored or marginalized, we cannot achieve our mission of creating a world that works better.
As your professional community, Metro DC ATD is here for you and ready to show up.
How do we plan on taking meaningful action?
We aim to be thoughtful and intentional about planning and acting on these commitments.
We will report back later this summer on our next steps and how you can get involved.
In closing, we say the names of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others we have lost. Let’s get to work.
The 2020 Board of Metro DC ATD
Mashaal Ahmed, President
Carol McSween-Brooks, President-Elect
Jonathan Southgate, Past President
Stephanie Hubka, Vice President of Finance
Brandon Williams, Vice President of Learning
Tessa Grubb, Vice President of Membership
Judith Bartels-Brezac, Director of Communities of Practice
Kristin Nwakobi, Director of Communications
Halyna Hodges, Director of Operations and Technology
Lawrence Van Horn, Director of Professional Development
Kimberly J. Tigner, Director of Programs
Deborah Smith Cook, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Laetitia Gnago, Director of Virtual Programs
Samantha Cribari-Starr, Director of Volunteering and Outreach