After George Floyd's murder in the summer of 2020, Dining Services came to terms with the urgent need to actively work towards racial justice and equity. We are focusing on educating ourselves and examining our work environment to better identify instances of racism within our department. At least once a month, a portion of management staff meetings are focused on various topics that will build our ability to discuss, address and dismantle racism and oppression. Staff meeting sessions have provided management team members the opportunity to practice vulnerability, acknowledgment of structures that support white privilege and racist systems, and explored basic concepts of intersectionality and microaggressions, among other topics.
We are learning to listen to others, listen to each other and recognize the multiple and pervasive impacts of white supremacy and systemic racism on our society. We continue to mature our dialogue to better discuss, address and dismantle racism. We recognize this is ongoing work.