Statement and Action Steps 6.12.20
3. Hiring Practices
We will put a critical eye to our recruitment and retention practices. Through our People and Culture Coordinator, there will be strategy and accountability for equitable practices that invite and support a diverse staff from field instructors, administrative staff, to members of our Board.
4. Internal & External Trainings
We will deepen our focus on diversity and equity trainings through BEING’s ongoing training series, annual workshops led by diversity work experts, and scholarship opportunities for continued staff development.
5. Staff Forums
We will create new channels for all staff to discuss racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion issues facing our organization and the communities we work in. We’ll hold space to inspire further action, and transparency to hold our organization accountable to keep moving forward. Based on our staff’s voice we may add or amend our action steps to better reflect our entire organization.
A History of Statements
As an organization we stand in solidarity with the Black communities across our country and the world - their hopes, dreams, businesses, votes, and pain matter and we’ve waited too long to tell you where we stand.
"We are crew, not passengers, strengthened by acts of consequential service to others." - Kurt Hahn, Founder of Outward Bound.
There has never been a more important time to be of service to our communities. Our students, their families, the schools they attend, and the communities they live in require all of us to be more than passengers. Their lives and their futures matter too much and standing with them may be the most important work we can do right now.
We are not the leaders of this movement for change, but we choose to walk alongside those that are; to listen, to learn, to stand in support and action. We ask that you find a way to do the same — whatever that means for you. Take time to seek learning opportunities around equity issues and privilege, invite conversations with family and friends about the injustices of systemic racism, and research local organizations that are actively working in your community create change.
Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School will be sharing posts and conversations from leaders around Baltimore and DC across our social media pages in hopes we can amplify the true voices for change. If you’re moved to action by any of the messages or compelled to donate to a local organization, please do so and share it so others may do the same.
Be a part of the crew that does not wait for the rest of the world to act.