The tragic and senseless killing of George Floyd cannot be tolerated. IDI, LLC condemns the systemic racism that led to his inhumane death. This is but the latest injustice against African Americans and people of color such as Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others over the years.
Since our founding in 1998, IDI, LLC has been committed to social justice and democratic social change by equipping interculturalists with a set of tools to bring about more equitable and just organizations, communities, and society at large. We at IDI, LLC support Black Lives Matter in the fight against systemic racism. We urge Congress to pass H.R. 40, legislation which would create a commission to examine the impact of slavery and discrimination and identify remedies. In addition, we support genuine and authentic dialogue as an important process to achieve cultural understanding, racial healing and justice.
Many of you may be asking yourselves, “What can I do?” As IDI Qualified Administrators, you are in a unique position to engage in the demanding work to shape changes within yourself and in others. As a starting point consider the following:
- Work to educate yourselves and others about the pervasive issues of racism and the structures that perpetuate the status quo.
- Embark on difficult conversations with individuals, coworkers, and community leaders as a step in the journey toward an equitable and just society.
- Hone and harness all of the tools we have to lend expertise and assistance as change agents.
For some of us, the hard work is just beginning, while for others, the fight can feel never-ending. We are developing a series of webinars for QAs along with other support material to utilize IDI Guided Development in the service of combating racism and bias. This fight can be won . . . with you . . . and all of us working and supporting one another.
Mitch Hammer, Ph.D.
President, IDI, LLC