Dundalk Renaissance is Committed:
Leaders of organizations, governments, and businesses across the country are challenging themselves in this moment, as is Dundalk Renaissance. We seek to better reflect the communities we serve, to reorient and refine our work to seek more equitable outcomes, and to assess our internal practices. This work takes time, even without a pandemic. But this is what we have done so far:
- In December 2019, DRC Board and Staff attended a Board Diversity workshop.
- In February, 2020, DRC hired a consultant to help us assess Equity and Inclusion (DEI) issues.
- In March, 2020, DRC Board and Staff participated in a Facilitated DEI Workshop, took an implicit bias survey, and responded to detailed survey questions regarding organization internal practices.
- Beginning in April, 2020, DRC staff sought support for programs that would enhance equity and respond to COVID-19.
- In May, 2020, the Board Governance Committee began recruitment of new Board Members with an explicit objective of seeking candidates that help our organization better reflect the community we serve.
- In June, 2020, Dundalk Renaissance staff began outreach for Dundalk Cares, to help us better address racial equity issues in Dundalk. Staff also began compiling information to create lists of local Black-Owned Businesses and Black-Led Nonprofit, Community, and Charitable efforts that we could help promote and encourage people to support financially.
- In July, Dundalk Renaissance helped promote a Black Lives Matter march organized by local community leaders from the Turner Station neighborhood to the Historic Dundalk Town Center on social media. We coordinated volunteers to provide waters and snacks for the marchers upon their arrival in the Town Center.
- In July and August, 2020, the Board elected 5 new Board members, who began their terms September 10, 2020.
- In August, 2020, the Board reaffirmed a commitment to support the Dundalk Cares initiative. Due to concerns about potential impact on our funding, the DRC Board decided we needed to stay out of direct advocacy efforts for police reform.
- In September and October, 2020, DRC staff and our newly elected board will discuss further updates to our draft 2021-2023 Strategic Plan, with COVID-19 and Racial Equity as major frames for discussion.
We know we have much more to do. Watch this space for further updates.
Please consider joining the effort through Dundalk Cares, or contact our Executive Director, Amy Menzer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.