In response to the ongoing
coronavirus outbreak and its unprecedented impact to business and employers,
i4cp holds a weekly series of standing calls to help Diversity & Inclusion leaders navigate this unpredictable
Notes, chat, resources
and follow up email from COVID Inclusion Action call June 30, 2020
Fernando: Hopelessness is an enemy of justice.
testing disparities in minority communities using GPS driven, heat-map
technology to identify the areas with the highest concentration of
positive COVID-19; worked with community stakeholders to bring a mobile
testing site to the communities that needed support the most... This
roving test site has been going for weeks and has tested approximately
10,000 people in the great Charlotte community....
provided wrap around services at the roving test sites to address other
social determinants of health - access to primary care, food insecurities
(Kids Eat Free Program, Food Pharmacies), transportation
a comprehensive multicultural marketing strategy with numerous media
outlets, leveraged our language services division to translate important
preventative measures, participated and hosted numerous virtual community
town halls to spread the work
commitment to trusted community partnership
- Authentic and
quick response from senior leaders - CEO, CDO, Market Presidents, etc.
- Quickly assembled
teammate resources and tools - e.g. racial justice toolkit, diversity
education resources, courageous conversation guidelines
- Mobilized our
diversity infrastructure and system resource groups to provide communities
of support to teammates
- Office of
Diversity and Inclusion hosted system-wide virtual courageous conversation
- First Call -
attendance was 1,773 teammates
- Second Call -
scheduled for June 25th - 1,500 teammates already signed up
- Supported the
White Coats for Black Lives virtual moment of solidarity
- Provided leader
education to support leaders in being visible and facilitating courageous
- Working with
senior leadership on advancing this work through accountability plans and
intentional planning to reinforce the system mission - HEALTH, HOPE,
HEALING FOR ALL!
FL – social unrest. Respond urgently and authentically so
our folks can understand how they are connected and what we are going to do as
My heart went out to the AA men in the hospital and I was
compelled to send an open letter to them expressing my empathy and support. I
wanted them to have that letter so they knew they are support and that we want
to channel the energy. Then our CEO who is a multiracial man of color also got
an authentilc message out to our AA associates helping provide a platform our
1700 teammates on the first and 1200 on the second
Toolkits, fish bowl conversations, intranet site to post
Racial injustice toolkit:
- Fernando’s tweet
MG – chose the quote because we need to hear you, we need
everyone to be open and listen but not silent.
MG – merged with Ahold (I-hold) Delhaize with global HQ in
Amsterdam. In the US, based in Salisbury, NC.
Food Lion feeds Committed to feed our communities. – 7 NC agencies
$229k in funding $515k distributed to 208 local agencies. $20 gift cards to
children in the hardest hit areas.
Policy adjustments as a result of the social unrest:
MG – has spent time with developing their employees about
how to manage a counterfeit bill which was the basis for George Floyd’s arrest.
FL – we did look at how we manage our social media policy.
Ensuring that any social media is aligned with Atrium and make sure it’s
appropriate racial justice.
What are you doing based for leadership development as a
result of the social unrest:
MG – Courageous conversations…bringing in NAACP and Urban
League with our BRG discussion. Did a session on mental health and well-being.
Upcoming on how to navigate protests. Also doing small group listening sessions
to spawn regular interviews so folks can stay connected to what’s important
around this work along with resource pages (podcasts, books, other recommended
Onboarding is a critical area of development
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