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Garden State Council – SHRM Solidarity statement:

The Garden State Council-SHRM (GSC-SHRM) understands and acknowledges the difficult times our communities are experiencing--dealing with both the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest.  We feel our responsibilities as business and Human Resource professionals to speak up and out about injustice should not be limited to our loved ones, family and friends, but should include our companies, employees and communities as well.

We believe it is critical to recognize the many divides in our country and that racism has denied many black people, as well as other marginalized underrepresented minority communities, the economic security, self-worth, and well-being they deserve. The most recent publicized events involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey and many others, must remind us that we have to strive to work harder to include all perspectives, reflect on our own experiences, and embrace a culture that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable. This can only happen if we start having conversations about race and racism.

GSC-SHRM supports the Black Lives Matter Movement and the black community in advancing racial justice and helping to cultivate a society that stands for inclusion and respect for all. We strongly encourage everyone, especially those who have not experienced systemic racism, to take this opportunity to expand their knowledge and educate themselves about racism; specifically, the history of racism in this country. The work will be difficult, but we can do it together.

Only with an open mind, open heart, and a willingness to learn will we be able to create better workplaces. Towards this end, the Garden State Council-SHRM is committed to fighting injustice and inequality by providing members with education, best practices, resources, and tools to navigate these tough but necessary conversations to achieve a world of inclusivity and equity.