“Step back, step down, make space for others and listen,” and “I will continue to educate colleagues and patients when discriminatory comments or attitudes are voiced” were featured phrases on pledge boards hung in the White Corridor this month. The boards highlighted the commitment of MGH staff to stand up, speak out and help end racism.
In April, during the annual “One MGH Stand Against Racism” event, MGHers were invited to participate in a workshop to gain practical skills about how to foster important conversations about race and racism in and out of the workplace. The event – organized by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and sponsored by several other MGH departments and committees – was part of the nationwide YWCA Stand program and featured guest speaker Teja Arboleda, president and creative director of Entertaining Diversity, Inc.
Attendees also were offered an opportunity to sign the pledge boards to describe how they would stand against racism. Testimonials ranged from personal commitments to department-specific goals, including “I will challenge and question my racial biases” and “I will seek out opportunities to share important messages about racial equity for all of CCHI’s communication channels.” Organizers said the public display of statements is another positive step in working to improve and celebrate diversity, inclusion and change.
This article was originally published in the 06/23/17 Hotline issue.