June 2020 in America
The pain and turmoil in the African American community across this nation is not a new pain. It’s very old, and it’s a legacy that will take a very long time to heal.
Today is the day to begin the healing in our cities, our neighborhoods, and on the street that each of us lives. At the neighborhood level, we need a new and different conversation. We must listen and learn, and we must be brave enough to have conversations about the unspoken issues at the heart of race relations in our nation. And when we fall short – and we will – we must practice empathy and remain committed to listening and learning. Not retreat to that comfortable place where the people look just like us, as we have done all too often in the past.
The myriad of issues at hand cannot be resolved to a schedule. But the conversation and our own commitments to foster change must start now. We must appreciate this conversation, and the resulting change will be a continual process requiring enduring empathy and unwavering understanding to transform our communities and our country into the society we all aspire to be.
The same is true of needed conversations within the walls of our employee-owned firm to further instill a culture of transparency, equity, diversity, and inclusion. A design firm fueled by a meritocracy and not a mirrortocracy.
Now is the time for DLR Group and the greater design industry to lead. Participate in the conversation where you live. Join a peaceful protest march, organize a community meeting, help restore a neighborhood, and use your design voice to lead change in your community.
For DLR Group, our promise to elevate the human experience through design has never meant more.
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