Writing this post has been a continuous challenge. Many drafts were created as I tried to find the right words. I may never have the “right” words, but it’s important to take a stand. It’s uncomfortable and it’s not easy, but it’s necessary.
George Floyd’s death, and all those that came before him, broke my heart. It exemplifies the growing need to make change in our justice and police systems. Coupled with the coronavirus, the gaps in health care, housing, and employment have been laid bare.
The events of the past weekend in Findlay and across the nation gave me hope. On Thursday, I participated in a virtual panel discussion hosted by the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center. It was a meaningful step toward amplifying black voices in our community. People of all races asked heartfelt questions and sought the experiences of our black neighbors who live, work, learn, shop, pray, and play in Hancock County.
We can do better as a country and as a community foundation. Last year, the Foundation staff and board identified diversity as an initiative for 2020. While circumstances have changed how we do things, it does not change our priorities. We must challenge ourselves to seek out barriers to services and resources. We must recommit to serve all who live in our community and hold ourselves accountable when we fail. I ask you to join us as we take this long overdue step toward equity in our community.
Stay tuned as we share what we learn and what we will work toward as we delve into diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in our own organization.