An update on WE’s commitment to anti-racism and to take action

July 2, 2020. WE affirms our commitment to anti-racism and specifically to addressing BIPOC racism.

We are aware that such a commitment must begin with a profound apology. We acknowledge and accept full responsibility for our role in causing harm to BIPOC members of our organization and the wider community.

We unreservedly apologize to all those, especially BIPOC employees and past BIPOC employees, who have directly and/or indirectly been harmed. We have also reached out to personally apologize to those harmed who have shared their story.


WE’s commitment to ending racism and empowering communities: a letter from the Chair of the Board and Executive Director

June 18, 2020 WE was founded on the simple but essential idea of bringing people together, of embracing and supporting one another and of overcoming barriers together.

As two of the most senior leaders within the organization—the Chair of the U.S. Board of Directors and the Executive Director—and as women of color, we wanted to share our thoughts on the powerful social movement unfolding around the world. The WE organization stands firmly for inclusion, diversity and the equitable, open treatment of all. Combatting racism, anti-Black racism and systemic bias are fundamental to our values and mission.

WE recognize that all organizations—and that includes our own—must constantly challenge themselves to confront and overcome inherent bias. Standing against racism isn’t about words. It’s not even about actions. It’s about a process of continued, committed and unceasing action. With that in mind, over the past weeks the WE Board of Directors, co-founders, and senior leadership have initiated a series of actions to further our commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion within WE offices, through our programs in North American schools and with communities around the world.

At the heart of that effort is the need to pay close attention to what our own team members have to say about what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and what we can do better. Consequently, we have commenced a listening tour to hear the stories and personal experiences of current and former staff. That conversation has and will continue to also make room to learn more from Black organizations and Black leaders in the education community. For example, we are very fortunate that Martin Luther King III has agreed to work in partnership with WE to speak with team members, share his experiences and offer us his advice and counsel on these matters.

Building on this foundation, we have taken and are taking a series of further actions to reflect our commitment.

A MESSAGE FROM
Dalal Al Waheidi – Executive Director, WE Charity
A MESSAGE FROM
Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin – Chair, Board of Directors, U.S.
A MESSAGE FROM
Martin Luther King III – WE Day Speaker and WE Ambassador

WE movement voices to end racism

Over the years, we’ve been honored to host renowned civil rights leaders, activists, thinkers, experts, educators, and young people at WE Day events around the world sharing their life experiences and campaigns for anti-racism, diversity and inclusion. Be inspired by their words and actions: here.


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