It has been a year thus far like no other. Messages, posts, emails, new processes, work from home, on and on: it’s no doubt people in comms have played a pivotal role in helping their companies and organizations navigate needs through a pandemic and show support for the need to address systemic racism.
It’s important to realize that while we are all witnessing something very different in our country’s reactions and responses this time, for Black people, the perils ranging from privilege, to threats of weaponized privilege to unjustifiable killings - unlike the pandemic - are not new 2020 phenomena.
There is a collective response for change as well as making sure personal and professional needs continue to be addressed. We are leaders, parents, spouses, friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents, employees, sons, daughters: we walk with so many layers of what we need and who needs us.
As president of IABC Greater Cincinnati, I want you to know that we are committed to supporting you with a space to lean on each other, share perspectives, receive resources and learn from experts to help you in your communication needs and development.
This month, we will have our final program events for the year and we will pick up again in the fall. If you have questions, comments or suggestions for programs, please email email@example.com. Your insight can help us prepare for programs and content resources.
I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say we can only do what our capacity and resources will allow; the IABC Greater Cincinnati board is a group of awesome volunteers I get to work with, and we will do the best we can.
A few years ago, the IABC global association adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Statement (https://www.iabc.com/about-us/purpose/iabc-diversity-and-inclusion-statement/), which along with our Code of Conduct (https://www.iabc.com/about-us/purpose/iabc-code-of-conduct/) and our Code of Ethics (https://www.iabc.com/about-us/purpose/code-of-ethics/) provides guidance for us as we respond to issues and events in our professional lives, personal lives and in the world.