Hope for a future … free from oppression and injustice, when a new humanity includes all peoples, languages, tribes, and nations. – Curtiss Paul DeYoung
We are taking time to respond—the words do not come easily because we do not want to create a meaningless, hollow message about this moment in time. During a most painful time for our nation, enrollmentFUEL cannot stand silent. We are committed to creating a safe environment for honest conversations about race, these painful acts, and how we can support each other through these traumatic crises. While many of us at FUEL cannot speak directly to what it is like to live as a person of color in America, we want our colleagues, friends, co-workers, and partners who are to know that we are listening to your words and supporting your actions. We recognize that we also have much progress to make, and we have committed to take action toward building a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
Many of you who have worked with us at FUEL often hear that we either repel or attract client-partners because of our first core value—love. In the business world, one rarely hears or experiences this word. But, now more than ever, we are dedicated to this value. We believe we have an obligation as a business to love openly—and this belief compels us to action. We will not remain complicit through silence, for silence in times such as these can be louder than anyone realizes. FUEL is committing to use our voice, our skills, and the means we have to support the building blocks of racial justice in our enrollment community. While these actions will not solve everything, we are committed to them to help strengthen awareness and compassion and engender love.
Ways we are taking action:
- FUEL’s owner is donating $10,000 to Sojourners—dedicated to training leaders around shared values for the common good, with a focus on racial justice.
- We will close our offices on Martin Luther King Day to participate in training, volunteerism, or race literacy.
- Our company’s voice will convey a message of hope, opportunity, and urgency in the fight for racial justice. We will communicate this in our next issues of Boost and Octane.
- In our quarterly vision meetings, leadership of the company will address future action items and ways FUEL can be more inclusive and sensitive as a predominantly white business.
- In the coming year, we will include public conversations centered around issues of race within our ideaSTORMS.
- In the coming months and years, FUEL will continue to build partnerships with businesses and non-profits that espouse racial justice in both action and value.
These are only steps in a long journey with an uncertain outcome. As supporters and friends of FUEL, we invite you to join our efforts. We stand with you–#blacklivesmatter.