March 01, 2022

Reflecting on #BlackHistoryMonth '22

Though our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging work doesn't begin or end in February, we dedicated time throughout our agency during Black History Month to gather, learn, and reflect.

Our staff completed a cultural competence inservice that included a panel of supervisors, care coordinators, and community engagement staff who shared about their experiences as Black men leaders at Maryhurst. Topics ranged from what hurdles they faced, what specific role they embody, and what peers can do to support themselves and one another in our work.

James, one of our staff development coordinators, shared, “Coming from where I come from, I’ve never seen a lot of black men in leadership. I’ve never seen a lot of people who would even care to hear black men talk about their experience. So I feel like I’m just really proud to be with an agency that not only values our opinion, but wants to learn how they can support us… wants to learn how they can grow with us. And I think that’s really impactful.”

Our clients participated in a series of exercises to learn about important figures from throughout history, each student taking a deep dive on an individual with whom they relate. The end result was a ‘wall of learning’ that displays prominently in our lobby.

You can view photos from these events below.

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