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Thursday, June 11 2020

Hello data2insight community!

It is with heavy hearts that our team acknowledges that the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for each of us and taken over 390,000 lives around the world in the last 6 months. The virus of racism in the form of anti-black violence during that same time has taken the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, and Tony McDade right here in the United States, and this is an incomplete list. It’s devastating. Team data2insight mourns the great loss of life during this time. We are especially heartbroken by the lives that have been lost to police brutality and racist violence. To back those words up with action, we have made donations to Black Lives Matter, Diversity Awareness Partnership, and Front and Centered. These organizations are on the front lines fighting for a more just world.

As a member of our data2insight community, we want you to know that we stand in solidarity with you. Data2insight is committed to putting the power of data to work for thoughtful people solving real world problems. That is you. We are here to serve, whenever you are ready. If you need us now, we are ready. If you need us in the future, we will be ready. And if you need us in an entirely new way, we will do everything we can to get ready.

Our clients are working to improve equity and inclusiveness in organizations and in the STEM workforce, create more resilient and safe communities, improve health outcomes, provide innovative teaching and learning in higher education, and prepare youth to succeed in work and life. This work is more important than ever during this global crisis.

One way we want to be there for you is to access credible, reliable, and timely information that you and your organization can use. As Marie Curie said, “Now is the time to understand more, so that we can fear less.”

Please let us know what information you want and need. We will track it down. We have been collecting valuable resources on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion and finding useful information amidst the misinformation pandemic. We would love to share them with you. Here are a few of our current favorites:

It is so important right now to create a brave space for you and your colleagues, friends, and family to have deeper conversations about values, ethics, race, power, white supremacy, and cultural difference. This practice will help us connect with each other more deeply and emerge stronger from this time of crisis.

If you would like help with holding space for courageous conversations, we have a free 1-hour virtual workshop for you that teaches norms for having culturally responsive conversations on tough topics like racism, the impacts of coronavirus, remote work impacts, and personal challenges. These evidenced-based ways of interacting with each other are like tilling the soil in a garden to allow new seeds to be planted and grow.

Norms for courageous conversations

  • Experience discomfort
  • Take risks
  • Stay engaged
  • Speak your truth
  • Listen for understanding
  • No fixing
  • Expect and accept non-closure

Let us know if you would like to schedule a free courageous conversation workshop. We would love to share this powerful tool with you!

We also welcome any information you would like to share about how to navigate this new reality and build learning communities around our shared experiences.

In addition to the heartbreak, our team has been strengthened by the way so many of us are embracing each other to navigate this crisis together. In that spirit, we offer our time, intention, and commitment to continue to stay in touch and keep focused on co-creating a more just world one day at a time as we move through this time of crisis.

We look forward to hearing from you!