My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by COVID-19 around the world. We are all in this situation for the long haul, and taking care of ourselves, our family, friends, and communities is a top priority. I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and taking time between running your organization or teaching on-line and maintaining social distancing to breathe and laugh. Laughter is a powerful way to fill our lungs and a wonderful release of energy.
Those who engage in equity and inclusion work have done so to address and, whenever possible, remedy the ways bias and discrimination impact people. The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously altered all of our lives; seeing loved ones ill, maintaining social distancing, on-line learning, canceling of summer opportunities and travel, the weight on parents to co-educate their children at home, and the overload on parents who are also teachers who juggle their children's needs while simultaneously caring for their students. In addition, data shows that the pandemic is having a disproportionate burden on people with marginalized or stigmatized identities. Within your organization you are likely hearing and talking about or directly impacted by the overrepresentation of Black people in hospitals, the economic hardships on those who were previously struggling to make ends meet, or the essential workers who risk their and their family's health,
I would like you to know that I am here. My goal is to connect with you to continue building equity-related skills and developing inclusive strategies for your organization. Let's stay connected and in conversation as you re-think how to effectively live out your organization's mission and diversity, equity, inclusion efforts.
Workshops are conducted via Zoom or other platforms that keep us all safe.
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Dr. Sandra Chapman
Latina, Lesbian, Educator, Mommy of two. Committed to enriching her life with a diverse village of people who will share their stories.