Written by: Claire Farmer-Lies, Marketing and Communications Specialist
In our statement shared with our community and all of our employees on June 11th, RSI Leadership addressed the recent events in Minneapolis and around the country that have been happening in response to the murder of George Floyd on Memorial Day. In that message, we also recognized the need for RSI to do more to address our own contributions or complacency in systemic inequalities that disproportionately affect people of color. It is time for us to reflect on our role and practices as a healthcare provider and an employer so that we can do better.
It’s important that we start this process by listening to the experiences and ideas from our employees, especially Black, Indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQ+ community. Our ultimate goal in having these conversations is to craft a corporate inclusion plan for our company that is sustainable, fair, and employee-driven. It will lay the foundation for us to continue to do the important work that we do, but with a larger focus on equity and inclusion.
We have scheduled listening sessions with our employees in the coming weeks to get their ideas for how we can sustain more inclusive and equitable working and living spaces, which will include in-person sessions, virtual sessions, 1:1 conversations, and anonymous submissions. Together, we can create more balanced workplaces, living spaces, and a community that doesn’t just tolerate differences, but appreciates and values them. We will continue to share updates throughout this process.