In Solidarity with our Black Community

A version of this message was originally shared with the ITL community via graduate email listserves on June 2, 2020.

On behalf of the Institute for Transformational Leadership in Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, we find ourselves in a time of great uncertainty, loss, heartache, and persistent racial injustice.  The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and many more have ignited deep sadness, frustration, and intolerance for systems that continue to create results that are contrary to our values and beliefs. We are in solidarity with the Black community, and we unequivocally affirm that #BlackLivesMatter. 

In a message to the Georgetown community, Georgetown’s President John DeGioia asks each of us to confront racism by looking inside ourselves to examine how we individually might be perpetuating injustice and sustaining racist structures.  As you know, this type of deep reflective work is at the heart of what we do in the Institute for Transformational Leadership. Once we are able to see and feel where this resides in ourselves, we can compassionately begin the work of entering into the hard conversations and doing the work that so desperately needs to be done. 

While this is life-long work, never has it been more important to use ourselves as an instrument of change in this world.  As a community, we are leaders: coaches, facilitators, and consultants supporting leaders in all of their humanity as we work to create a more sustainable, just, and compassionate future. 

It is up to us to not only to expand our knowledge on these issues but also to take meaningful action within our families, communities and organizations to promote racial justice. Learn and then act.  We invite you to share your stories, your resources, your challenges, your inspirations, and your leadership with our community as the road ahead has yet to be paved! @GeorgetownITL


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