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Addressing Racial Injustice, Part 2

We stand in solidarity against racial injustice. We believe in inclusion, diversity, and equality. We are passionate about giving our employees the support they need, cultivating allies among our ranks, and investing in our community to make positive changes. The following is the second email sent from Burton White, Excella Co-founder and CEO, to Excella […]

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June 16, 2020

We stand in solidarity against racial injustice. We believe in inclusion, diversity, and equality. We are passionate about giving our employees the support they need, cultivating allies among our ranks, and investing in our community to make positive changes.

The following is the second email sent from Burton White, Excella Co-founder and CEO, to Excella employees about addressing racial injustice. View Burton’s first email here.

June 12, 2020

Excellians,

In my email to you on June 1, I issued a call to action to join together in addressing racial injustice.  Excellians have stepped up in small and large ways, in leadership and in support of each other, in learning and in action, and most importantly, in solidarity.  In my email, I noted immediate learning opportunities, commitments, and actions — and that these would be just the starting point of redoubling our commitment and increasing our efforts.  I am writing today with an update on our commitments, our actions, and opportunities for you to engage.

Near-term priority and focus

Because there is so much we can — and should —do within and outside of Excella, we must prioritize.  Our near-term priority and focus is to give Excellians the support you need, cultivate Allies and increase inclusion among our ranks, and invest resources in our community to increase job opportunities for underrepresented groups.

Support

Cultivate Allies and increase inclusion

Increase job opportunities

We will approach this work in an Agile manner as we do our client work.  We will hold periodic retrospectives to inspect and adapt and continually status these efforts through the soon-to-be-released ID&E intranet and other communications.

We have more to do to realize our vision for “rich diversity in all aspects of our business” in which everyone who encounters Excella feels “welcomed, respected, and a sense of mutual benefit.”  Through this near-term focus, we are building muscles to fight racism.  As with any muscles, to maintain them, we must exercise them every day and indefinitely, not just as a one-time commitment like a New Year’s resolution.  As we build our muscles to fight racism, we are also strengthening our ability to fight sexism, anti-Semitism and other religious discrimination, homophobia, and other forms of prejudice and injustice that plague our country.  We also increase our diversity and the inclusivity of our culture.

Thank you all for standing together, learning together, and acting together in solidarity to address racial injustice.  Together, we will make Excella a better place and uplift our community in the process.

In solidarity,

Burton

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