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Continuing the work amidst this historic election

November 08, 2020
By admin

Yesterday, nearly 40 STRIVE Prep staff gathered together for Leadership Academy, our informal leadership development program.  We were literally working through quotes about leadership and identifying leadership qualities together at the moment CNN called the election.  I'm pretty sure we'll all remember where we were at that moment.

We paused our programming and spent some time sharing feelings and reflections.

We shared that we are just beginning to process what it means for the first Black woman and first South Asian woman to be elected to the Vice-Presidency, and celebrated VP-elect Kamala Harris' immense courage to challenge and break that barrier.  Today, women of color in our community- staff and scholars- can see their identity represented at the highest levels of institutional power, which has never before been true in this nation.

We shared about the specific credit to Black voters and Black leaders whose voice and contributions impacted this outcome, be it in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or Atlanta, Georgia. And specifically to the credit of the Native American and Latino voters in Arizona. We shared gratitude for the enormous majority of voters of color who turned out in record numbers to impact this election.

We shared how the threat of white supremacy, systemic racism and oppression, and misogyny still loom so large in our country and in our own work. We shared our anxiety about how those values will be expressed over the days to come, and we shared the enormously disproportionate impact of these threats on our community of color, our LGBTQ community, and women in our community.

The work in our community moves on today, as it will every day, and the generational challenge of eradicating systemic oppression continues.  The preservation of places and institutions that stand for justice could never be more important.  There are challenges ahead that we understand, and challenges ahead that we don't understand.  May we rise to meet them together.

I'm so grateful to share this journey with each of you.

Stay safe; stay connected; stay together.

Chris Gibbons 

CEO & Founder 


Continuando el trabajo en medio de esta elección histórica

Ayer, casi 40 miembros del personal de STRIVE Prep se reunieron para nuestra Academia de Liderazgo, un programa informal de desarrollo de liderazgo. Estábamos trabajando a través de citas sobre liderazgo e identificando cualidades de liderazgo juntos en el momento que CNN anunció las elecciones. Estoy seguro de que todos recordaremos dónde estábamos en ese momento. 

Hicimos una pausa en nuestra programación y pasamos un tiempo compartiendo sentimientos y reflexiones. Compartimos que apenas estamos comenzando a procesar lo que significa que la primera mujer negra y la primera mujer del sur de Asia sea elegida para la Vicepresidencia y celebramos el inmenso coraje de la Vicepresidenta electa Kamala Harris para desafiar y romper esa barrera. Hoy, las mujeres de color en nuestra comunidad - personal y estudiantes - pueden ver su identidad representada en los niveles mas altos de poder institucional, lo que nunca antes ha sido cierto en esta nacion.  

Compartimos sobre el credito especifico a los votantes negros y a los lideres negros cuya voz y contribuciones impactaron este resultado, ya sea en Kenosha Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, o Atlanta, Georgia. Y el crédito específico a los votantes Nativa Americana y Latino en Arizona. Compartimos nuestro agradecimiento a la enorme mayoria de votantes de color que partiiparon en numeros mas altos que nunca para impactar esta eleccion.  

Compartimos como la amenaza de la supremacía blanca, el racismo y la opresión sistémicos, y la misoginia todavía se quieren tan grandemente en nuestro país y en nuestro propio trabajo. Compartimos nuestra ansiedad sobre como se expresaran esos valores en los proximos dias y compartimos el impacto enorme desproporcionado de estas amenazas en nuestra comunidad de color, nuestra comunidad LGBTQ+ y a las mujeres de nuestra comunidad. 

El trabajo en nuestra comunidad sigue hoy, como todos los días, y el desafío generacional de erradicar la opresión sistémica continua. La preservación de lugares e instituciones que defienden la justicia nunca podría ser más importante. Hay desafíos por delante que comprendemos y desafíos que no comprendemos. Que nos levantemos juntos para encontrarnos con ellos.

Estoy tan agradecido de compartir este camino con cada uno de ustedes. 

Que se mantengan salvo; conectado y juntos,  

Chris Gibbons

CEO y Fundador 



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