We've reached the mid-way point of Black History Month. Hopefully you are taking the opportunity to attend events being held this month and check out the resources we are sharing to encourage conversations and learning.
Although we cannot hold a large in-person event as in years past due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage all of you to join our system-wide Black History Month presentation next Wednesday, February 23, at noon, by Harvard University Assistant Professor of Medicine and practicing Gastroenterologist, Dr. Michael Payne, hosted by the Circle Health DEI Council. In addition to this event, the Center for DEI will host a virtual Black History Month Social Networking Celebration On February 28.
Learn more about these two important events and how you can participate.
We also want to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts with you. The temperature of our social and political environment has dropped some in the past year. But that does not mean there is less suffering from racial inequalities or that we, as an organization, can let other pressing issues get in the way of our commitment to being a more diverse and welcoming place to work and receive care.
Through our conversations with you, we know that our colleagues of color face challenges every day within our organization – struggles that often make them feel alone, unheard, and unseen. Your stories are painful and difficult to hear, but that does not mean we will stop listening. We know that we are not yet a place where you can be yourself and feel comfortable speaking up.
Our organization is on a journey to create a more diverse workforce and ensure that every employee feels welcomed and valued. That journey will not be an easy one. Please know we are taking everything we hear and observe and trying to find ways to push change more quickly and more broadly. It is a top priority for the organization and we will not forget our promises to you.
May Black History Month be a time of learning and reflection for all of us. We look forward to joining with you this month to honor the rich history of the Black community, including those leaders who are making history today.
With warm regards,
President and CEO
Rosa M. Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D., MBA, CDM, SHRM-SCP
SVP and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer