Within the last month, things have changed for many people due to COVID-19. At She+ Geeks Out we are taking every precaution to ensure that the critical work around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) doesn’t fall by the wayside at a time when it can be easy to lean into fear and Othering. We also know that times of crises can offer us a chance to come together and have deeper connections with ourselves and the people around us. While many of us are practicing social isolation, this is an opportunity to challenge ourselves and be more involved and intentional about our DEI work. In fact, the impact of COVID-19 on many communities directly correlates with the ‘E’ we are trying to achieve in the workplace and beyond.
Employees who lack work-life benefits and financial resources and people from under-resourced communities have been disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19. Some of us have the privilege of working remotely to protect ourselves and others, but there are many who still have to physically go to work, while others have lost their jobs due to various reasons. It is important to recognize that working remotely will look different for everyone depending on our living situation. Some of us may need more support than our colleagues during this transition because we are adjusting for things we didn’t have to think about before (e.g. childcare due to school closings, being a caregiver, living in a home with multiple people, not having an office or quiet space, etc.). With changes like these, we must ask ourselves what can we do to lessen the burden and support our employees? We recognize that the structural issues we are trying to change cannot be fixed in a day, or through one workshop. However, we know that support and awareness combined with action (and the consistency of both), can be a catalyst for change wherever we are.
To this end, we hope we can be of support to our clients, partners, and our general community through virtual DEI trainings, online courses, and other learning opportunities. In the meantime, here are few things coming up that may be of interest to you:
We will likely continue to provide virtual options to engage going forward, regardless of what happens with COVID-19. From an accessibility standpoint, we recognize the need to connect virtually, whether you can’t physically get to an event due to geography, home situation, or a disability that makes it impossible. We will keep our community updated with all upcoming virtual gatherings, and are committed to offering an experience that provides opportunities for learning as well as engagement.