Daily Record Staff//May 14, 2021
//May 14, 2021
Chief Counsel for Civil Rights
Maryland Office of the Attorney General
The past year has not only been challenging with COVID but we have also faced race and dis- crimination challenges and realities as a state and a country. How do you establish a strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion in your organization and how do you use your influential voice to help others understand the importance?
In 2016, I founded the OAG Diversity Committee to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Last year, in the wake of the death of George Floyd and several other high-profile and brutal killings of African Americans, our committee created an affinity group program for employees wishing to organize around a shared identity or experience.
One such group, for Black employees, has served as a safe space to discuss the daily challenges of facing and surviving systemic racism –even in progressive work spaces — and to create supports systems and strategies for acknowledging and addressing this trauma.-