DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
Diversity in the Boathouse: It Takes All of Us
Part of George Pocock’s living legacy within PRC is a reverence for the art of teaching. Learning to be antiracist is not easy. It will require patience, honesty and guts to integrate the George Pocock Rowing Foundation’s (GPRF) broad vision for inclusion into the PRC boathouse. As the original boathouse in a large and expanding GPRF network, PRC can set an example. We are sharing information, starting a dialogue, and writing a diversity plan with input from the PRC membership. Below are excerpts of letters we received from the GPRF board and the GPRF Director of Rowing Operations in June 2020 that guide PRC‘s approach. Following that is a living reference library compiled for PRC members. We welcome your input.
Inclusion in Rowing
Primer on Systemic Racism
Microaggressions - What are they? Who is affected by them? How do we become aware of behaviors that we practice that perpetuate systemic racism?
Guidance from GPRF board: "People are being killed for the color of their skin. Let us be unequivocal. At the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, there is no place for racism. We support black lives matter. We do not accept or condone discrimination or violence in any way. Our policy is antiracism, period. We stand with the people listening, learning, marching and calling out injustice, and importantly, demanding an end to systemic racism against black people that has gone on far too long, cost far too many lives and prevented far too many people from achieving their dreams. That likely includes black kids and other kids of color who participate in Foundation programs, as well as who row at Northwest boathouses, including our own. We recognize the responsibility individually and collectively to not just demand change, but to be the change (and that starts with us)."
Guidance from GPRF Director of Rowing Operations: "The death of George Floyd, embodying centuries of violence and racism, is hopefully a turning point in the history of our nation and our boathouses."
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