San Diego SHRM’s Commitment to Serving Our Diverse Communities
Thursday, June 11, 2020
By Sarah Calfee, San Diego SHRM Diversity Chair
At an unprecedented time of unrest due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet another harsh indicator of racial inequality was thrust upon us by the horrific murder of George Floyd. It is impossible to ignore the pain being felt by members of our society. And it is impossible to ignore the need for change.
As an organization focused on helping HR professionals create unbiased and fair cultures in their organizations, we at San Diego SHRM are united against racism and discrimination, along with violence of any kind. Our goal, as always, is to provide the resources, network, and community to help all of our members prevent situations and behaviors that would harm others in their workplace. We are committed to helping our local community respond, cope, and heal from the recent challenges.
Here is what we, as HR professionals, can do to be part of the change:
- Educate ourselves on the racial issues being addressed in our community, the country, and globally. Listen to and seek to understand all sides of the issues, particularly the ones we do not agree with.
- Educate our employees on related topics such as cultural competency and micro-aggressions.
- Ensure the anti-harassment/bullying training is up to date for all our employees.
- Engage with our network through calls and virtual happy hours to discuss thoughts and ideas with our peers.
- Join a committee with SDSHRM to help strengthen and broaden the support for our local HR leaders.
- Share ideas and requests with SDSHRM for how we can better serve you.
- Look into our own hearts, our own beliefs, and our own behaviors to see where we might need to make a change.
Creating change does not require major action like attending a protest from every person. But it does require desire and intention. Please join us in working together to develop a kinder and gentler world for future generations.