We invite IEN members to connect in open dialogue to explore steps organizations can be and are taking regarding organizational culture and structure.
One resource we offer ahead of this conversation is this list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in organizations (https://www.dismantlingracism.org/uploads/4/3/5/7/43579015/okun_-_white_sup_culture.pdf), where white supremacy culture is defined as cultural racism - “how the dominant culture is founded upon and then shapes norms, values, beliefs and standards to advantage white people and oppress People of Color.”
We offer the following questions as potential starting points for reflection and dialogue:
- Which of these characteristics are at play in your organization? In Higher Ed, the Finance industry, and the field of sustainability/sustainable investing? In our work as a network?
- What have you and your colleagues done to shift the belief(s) and behavior(s) to ones that support racial justice? What new strategies might we try, or want to learn about?
IEN Community Conversations are designed as an opportunity for informal, open online conversations amongst leaders in our field, to build community and strengthen connections within our peer network; as with all of our events, the Chatham House Rule applies.
Over the coming months we are curating a set of Community Conversations to spend time together (online) reflecting on the renewed sense of urgency and momentum that we are feeling around racial justice in our work, our institutions, and our communities. Additional conversations will take place on July 7th and July 23rd.