A Statement from our Chief Servant Leader Regarding Systemic Racism.
Our EDSI Values are SHOW UP, SMILE and SUPPORT. We will Show Up to stand against systemic racism. We will Smile and act as a positive force for what is good and just. And, we will Support others, most importantly, our colleagues and communities of color.
We are hopeful that the horrors of recent events, and the history of inequity, can call us to stretch beyond public statements, to recognize and acknowledge past failures of mine and other privileged people, to learn, to love, and to leverage our shared strengths to create powerful and permanent change.
We are making space in our company’s communication to come together and share reflections, hold conversations, provide additional training and post connections to resources that help our representatives take actions that improve each community we serve.
I promise that the culture of EDSI will always reflect our values as we strive to be better and do better each and every day.
A Statement from our Chief Servant Leader in Support of People of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Decent.
I know I speak for the entire EDSI family when I say we will always Show Up to Support our Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) colleagues. The last twelve months have seen a terribly distressing trend in racism and violence against people of AAPI decent.
Stop AAPI Hate, a group formed last year, shared that 3,795 incidents of racism and discrimination were reported to them between March 2020 and February 2021. That is a trend we need to reverse. We can’t stop until there are zero incidents to report.
Within our EDSI culture, I am encouraged that so many of our family members have joined daily interactions on our Social Justice Page. I witness people moving from what professor and author, Dolly Chugh refers to as “Believers to Builders.” We are making statements of unity and we are moving with action to build equity.
It is beyond critical that our support is felt. We must be anti-racist. We must strive to learn and grow every day. We must lead with empathy in all our actions. We must show up for others.