Commitment to Anti-Racism
By Deana Lorenzo
At the INI, we recognize that supporting anti-racism is not a question of politics or ideology, but rather humanity. We must all do our part to end racial injustice once and for all.
Inclusivity, equity and diversity are core values of the INI community. To embrace these values fully, each and every one of us must commit to anti-racism. We will not forget the sadness and outrage felt around the world last summer following the senseless killing of George Floyd and many others due to racist violence.
We will continue to stand up for those who are vulnerable in our communities because of systemic racism. We understand we won’t always be perfect in our efforts to confront and challenge racial injustice; however, we are dedicated to continually learning, growing and improving so that our communities will one day be free of racial inequality.
You do not have to be an expert on issues of race to be involved in this conversation and to effect change. Right now, each and every one of us needs to be asking ourselves:
"How can I use my time, talents and energy to be deliberately and unequivocally anti-racist?” - Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis
INI's Calls to Action
Make a Personal Commitment to Anti-Racism
Don’t be afraid of tough conversations. Recognize that it is a privilege for some members of our community to educate themselves about racism, rather than experience it firsthand.
Intentionally Foster A Culture of Inclusion
What makes the INI unique is our culture, and as a community, we must continually work together to embody these values at the INI.
Engage with Your Community
Be empathetic and make an effort to understand what others are going through. Share ideas or stories that inspire you and give you hope during difficult times.