For centuries, not just years, or decades, the black community has suffered from brutal and systemic racism. We stand with the black community, the protesters in Portland, nationally and world-wide, and grieve for the countless lives that have been lost due to systemic racism. Those condoning acts of violence against communities of color need to be held accountable.
The time for change is now. Uncomfortable times call for uncomfortable conversations. De Paul Treatment Centers is committed to advancing the narrative through bold dialogue on the subject of white privilege, unconscious bias, microaggressions, equity and colorism. We are working to strengthen our trauma informed and culturally specific and competent programming, actively recruiting diverse candidates for leadership positions, and requiring our entire staff to include a personal diversity goal in our annual goal setting process. We recognize this is just the start, as Rosa Parks said, “To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.”
As an organization, we will continue to listen, learn and take actions to bring about equitable change for communities of color.