“I am excited about serving on the committee,” shared Diversity Thrift employee, Ava Entzminger.
“I have been a part of the Diversity team for a long time and am fully invested in making a difference. If there are things we need to do differently, we must do them.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has deepened disparities in communities across our nation. Specifically, QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Color) community members have faced the harshest realities during these many months all while being expected to persevere through the many forms of white supremacy, including the continued terror caused by some in institutions such as the police.
Diversity Richmond acknowledges that our role is central to combatting these disparities and empowering others. We must also acknowledge that our commitment has not yet met the expectations of QTBIPOC community members.
We have taken this moment to create a committee to hold ourselves accountable alongside community members. Diversity Richmond will use our platform to speak against all forms of hate, and we will also ensure that our words are supported with tangible actions that meet the needs of the communities we hope to serve.
Our committee will meet to discuss our internal and external commitment to racial justice through our operations, programs, policies, and personnel. As we continue this process, please feel free to contact us to learn more, express interest in participating, and give any feedback/critiques.