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June 5, 2020

In the midst of a pivotal time in our country's history, we are reminded of the injustices that exist in our community and nation. The tragic and senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sent shock waves through our community, country, and world. His death reminded the world of the institutionalized racism that our Black community endures. It is a call to action for accountability and lasting social change for a community that has been repeatedly undermined.

At Austin SHRM, we stand in solidarity with our friends, our members, and the community. As many of us are rightfully angry, scared, and reeling from these events, we must take this moment to propel us forward.

As HR professionals, we have a civic responsibility to stand up against injustice and inequality. We will unite in solidarity to extend help to our employees and community. Together we will shape this world to be a better, safe, and equal place for all. 

We will rise against the systemic challenges faced by the Black community and other marginalized groups to shape a better, stronger workplace, and society. As a part of our commitment to helping employees and companies, we promise to provide the resources to assist you in making your company a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment.

We will move forward together with boldness and courageousness to make lasting change. At Austin SHRM, we vow to do better, to be responsive to our community, and listen to our members’ needs through this time and beyond. At Austin SHRM, we will do all that is in our power to push for progress in this nation. 

Austin SHRM’s next steps in the weeks ahead will be:  

  1. a Resource Page on the Austin SHRM home page

  2. increased programming regarding diversity and inclusion, and
  3. more articles on our Social Media channels. 

To make the greatest impact as an Austin SHRM member, we encourage you to participate by:

  1. viewing our Diversity & Inclusion Committee page for Articles & Toolkits,
  2. volunteering for the D&I committee and get actively involved in content and programming, and
  3. look into SHRM’s Specialty Credential for “Inclusive Workplace Culture”.

Together we will be the facilitators of change.

With appreciation and love,

Jennifer Charles
VP of Diversity and Inclusion for Austin SHRM
with the full support of the entire Board of Directors of Austin SHRM

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