We – the ownership at Elements – are committed to human rights and addressing systemic racism, bigotry, discrimination and oppression. The fear, anger, hurt, and frustration felt by so many in our community is justified, and we cannot allow its source to continue unaddressed. As a company and as individuals, we recognize that we have weaknesses, and that there is work to be done to address our own privilege, biases and prejudices. We desire a workplace and program that acknowledges and values differences and diversity in our community.
We realize this is more than providing inclusion or anti-harassment training. This is a daily effort to confront our individual and collective privileges and prejudices. This is engaging in honest and open dialogue with clients and staff members even if it’s uncomfortable.
We will continue to utilize our Diversity and Inclusion panel to promote awareness and accountability at EWP and Traverse. Additionally, we will continue to identify and pursue other opportunities for Elements to make a difference both within and outside of the organization. We acknowledge we have a lot of work to do.
We welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how Elements can better think and approach these issues.
In our on-going education as a company and individuals, we have found these resources to be helpful in our ability to create change and awareness on racism, injustice, and oppression.
Dante Bryant (Part 1 and 2) – Understanding privilege, discrimination, and oppression.
‘1619’ An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man (YouTube Channel)
13Th (Netflix Documentary)
My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.
21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge