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CTSHRM Statement of Solidarity

    June 8, 2020

    Hello CT SHRM Council Members,

    These past few days have been a time of great distress in our country.  To blatantly see racial injustice, discrimination and police brutality is unacceptable.  As an HR professional and in my role representing the CT SHRM State Council, I believe we all need to express our outrage regarding the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, three of the many Black Americans affected by racial injustices.  

    In the aftermath, the treatment of peaceful protesters is not how we expect citizens to be treated in the United States. We have to do more than extend our sympathies, hopes and prayers, we need to act by committing to the elimination of systemic racism in our state and in our country. We need to stand together, do the right thing, and become part of the solution.

    The mission of the CT SHRM State Council is to advance the value of human resource management and the knowledge and capabilities of our chapters and members by providing exemplary leadership, education, and timely resources. To that end, I agree with the recent SHRM statement on June 4th that our “HR community is in a unique position, better than any other profession, to make real change for employees.”

    Listed below are several resources that I share with you during these troubling times; I hope you will find them enlightening:

    How to be an Ally to the Black Community:
    How to be an ally to the Black community | Qualtrics Life

    Culture Wizard is making available to everyone their Global Inclusion Course

    Vital Smarts – Five Skills for Speaking Up When it Matters Most - $39.95
    Vital Smarts is donating 100% of this week's proceeds from their “How Do I Say That? “ minicourse to causes that support racial equality.

    I encourage everyone to read “How to be an Ally to the Black Community,” and to take the free Global Inclusion Course.  Please bring these insights and actions back to your organizations.

    I am available to listen and help should any Council member wish to discuss this further; please reach out to me at the numbers noted below my signature line.

    A version of this statement will be posted on LinkedIn.

    Stay well and be safe,

    Anne Peabody-Brostek
    CT SHRM State Council Director