While I am still reading, listening and learning, I am also moving forward with some action steps. My training team for the Introductory Collaborative Practice Training (15 hours) created 4 diversity scholarships. We funded 2 of them and we partnered with Our Family Wizard for the other 2. We had 15 applicants for these scholarships which has inspired us to continue to offer diversity scholarships for future training. With greater diversity in our Collaborative Practice groups we will be better able to serve diverse communities.
I would like to take this opportunity to recommend I'm Still Here, Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. It is a powerful important read. I found the chapter on Nice White People particularly enlightening. "Most white people believe that they are good and the true racists are easy to spot." "When you believe niceness disproves the presence of racism, it's easy to start believing bigotry is rare, and that the label racist should be applied only to mean-spirited, intentional acts of discrimination." After reading this book, I watched Little Fires Everywhere and saw many of these themes played out, particularly the need/desire/hope that being 'nice' will be good enough.
I will keep reading, watching and learning and I commit to taking more and more pro-active steps.