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Metro DC ATD

The Premier Association for Talent Development Professionals in the Metro DC Area


In June 2020, the Metro DC ATD Board of Directors shared a statement with the chapter affirming that Black Lives Matter and renewing our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice within our organizations and the talent development profession. Following that statement, the below framework outlining our chapter's commitments was developed. This framework as well as the perspectives of our chapter's members, partners, and leaders, are used to inform our decision making.

Statement distributed on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Subject: Black Lives Matter

Dear Colleagues,

While these past few weeks of turmoil have been jarring and emotional, we know that systemic racism is not new.

It is not new to our Black colleagues who experience daily life, from interviewing for a job to walking down the street, through the lens of race out of necessity. During times like these, they are often asked to continue with business as usual while reliving traumas via videos depicting violence against yet another Black person. We also recognize our Black colleagues as individuals, each with their own experiences navigating barriers built on systemic racism. This is particularly true if they are women, transgender, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, caregivers, and/or members of other marginalized groups.

We unequivocally believe that Black Lives Matter and that our talent development community can lead the way to change. As people professionals, we are charged with unleashing the potential of individuals and organizations. This past year, we have already led the way in rapidly shifting organizations to virtual work during a worldwide pandemic. We are now called to renew our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice within our organizations and profession. When Black voices are ignored or marginalized, we cannot achieve our mission of creating a world that works better.

As your professional community, Metro DC ATD is here for you and ready to show up.

How do we plan on taking meaningful action?

We commit to critically examining our internal chapter processes for barriers to inclusion. This will include reviewing and making decisions about how we earn and spend our money, what our programming practices look like, and how we recruit and promote belonging for our chapter members, volunteers, and board members.

We commit to partnering with our members in informing and guiding this work. We don’t have all the answers. We need the voices of all of our chapter members, including our members of color, to provide direction. We will listen to your perspectives, questions, and recommendations with regard to building anti-racist cultures within our own chapter as well as our organizations.

We aim to be thoughtful and intentional about planning and acting on these commitments.

We will report back later this summer on our next steps and how you can get involved.

In closing, we say the names of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others we have lost. Let’s get to work.

In solidarity,

The 2020 Board of Metro DC ATD

  • Mashaal Ahmed, President
  • Carol McSween-Brooks, President-Elect
  • Jonathan Southgate, Past President
  • Stephanie Hubka, Vice President of Finance
  • Brandon Williams, Vice President of Learning
  • Tessa Grubb, Vice President of Membership
  • Judith Bartels-Brezac, Director of Communities of Practice
  • Kristin Nwakobi, Director of Communications
  • Halyna Hodges, Director of Operations and Technology
  • Lawrence Van Horn, Director of Professional Development
  • Kimberly J. Tigner, Director of Programs
  • Deborah Smith Cook, Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • Laetitia Gnago, Director of Virtual Programs
  • Samantha Cribari-Starr, Director of Volunteering and Outreach

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