Message from NODA Equity and Inclusion Officer
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
I hope that you are each well and that you have found some time for self-care, reflection and simply some relaxation in what I know is such a busy season for many of us! I know that for me this time has been met with a seesaw of emotions between being at home working and being able to be with my family all while reflecting on my privilege of being able to work from home. I have also spent so much time processing our national climate and the impacts it has on my family, friends, students, and colleagues, not only the Black Lives Matter movement, but also the direct attack on our visa holding students studying in the United States.
In that reflection time I have concluded that our work matters more now than likely ever before! You might be thinking yes, our work as orientation, transition and retention practitioners always matters and even more so now. But, aside from our collective orientation, transition and retention work, I am speaking to our self-work, the work that arguably is harder than our day to day work in the “office”. Our self-work at a time like this is what matters most!
How are we reflecting, digesting, critically thinking, and questioning our selves at a time like this? How are we doing the self-work to be able to do the work that we are called to do? How do we lean into the difficult self-reflection(s) about our own power, privilege, social identities both visible and invisible?
I like to use this model below that I created to help translate the work of diversity, equity and inclusion. The top of the triangle calls us to do the self-work mentioned above to be able to then move forward and think about how your identities, both visible and invisible, influence those around you, your work, how you show up and much more. Then moving on to thinking about how you can use your identities to impact communities and spaces or how your identities impact those, always keeping in mind that your identities carry society norms, impacts, influence, bias, etc.
How do you start or continue this work? Here are some resources that I have found helpful and others that are relevant today.
In short we all have work to do on a continuous basis and we must challenge not only ourselves but our students to also do this critical self-work to be able to best show up for those around us. I encourage you to review the resources above and tune in to future resources that I and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee will put forward.
Lizette D. Rebolledo
NODA Equity & Inclusion Officer