Today has been an amazing day in making a difference. For 6 months I have worked with a client to establish a forum for BAME staff to be supported and to share their concerns and challenges around shielding during the Pandemic. This conversation brought us to today where they launched a BAME café for everyone in the organisation regardless of race, gender, background or role. The Champions worked hard; they showed courage at not only telling their stories, they told them to actors who were able to help them share their stories. And then they were also videoed saying “This happened to me”. And too an even braver step to add in more context, to bring the story right off the page and into people hearts and minds. A reminder that stories of racial prejudice are not something that happens only on the TV or in the papers it happens to real people, perhaps the person sitting next to you right now.
This is important work. We need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable in order to create places and societies in which everyone feels included and has a sense of belonging. What can you do in your life to enable this to happen? If something is in your circle of control then Just Do It.