These are powerful stories, examples, and situations that have made everyone, including myself, to pause, reflect, ask questions, and seek how to address. These have pierced the very fabric of our emotions and daily lives. So many people have voiced their opinion, a broad spectrum, and you know what, that is good. It shows that the citizens of Southlake are passionate, in simple terms they care.
Within my own reflection, I have spoken with so many people, friends, neighbors, leaders in the schools, leaders of the city, and not a single one is against a plan. Having a plan to support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In fact, I have concluded that Southlake is not a racist city, however, we have experienced numerous and significant racist acts which is enough to give a community a bad label, if we do nothing about it. Let me be clear: the citizens of Southlake renounce any form of racism and will take action to address it. The vast majority, and dare I say all true citizens that believe in Freedom and Liberty, wake up each day and desire to do something good to help improve and better ourselves, our families, and our community.
This is not a political issue, this is a human issue, and this is our issue. The reality is it takes all of us – the vast majority of the community to unite and become the loudest voice to advocate for our young people and children! In my discussions, everyone is supportive of our children being able to compete at a Global Leadership level with compassion, character, and care for others – taking into account perspectives and backgrounds that are different than our own! Some may want to live in the days of 8 tracks and cassette tapes, but everyone I know enjoys their headphones, noise reduction, and airpods – advances that have improved over time and make our lives better!
Most of the school districts we compete with have DEI programs, every single University that my sons have applied to have DEI programs, my corporation and all companies have DEI programs, so why shouldn’t we? So let’s talk about that and start with community. Isn’t it amazing that the word “community” is not complete without the word “unity”. It is time for us, Southlake, to rise up and come together! It is time for us as a community to invigorate, elevate, and educate for a better Southlake!
Invigorate, Elevate and Educate for a better Southlake!
Invigorate: It is time to take action. Fear, and especially that which opposes unity, never brings out the best in us. We are here for a purpose and reason!
Elevate: It is time to rise above the rhetoric and become the loudest voice together. We must always act with sustained initiative, this is real leadership!
Educate: Like I said, it is good to have a variety of opinions and to discuss – this makes for the best and most robust aligned plan! Light has always found its way through the darkness!
So join me, join my family, join my neighbors and neighborhoods, join our community to unify and invigorate, elevate, and educate for a better Southlake! Thanks and God Bless the citizens of Southlake, especially our children.
Affiliate yourself with organizations that collaborate with the progress of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Encourage everyone (the community, church, or business leaders – civic or not) to join in the conversation of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Remove the outdated traditions that have been used to harbor passivity as a means to elevate privilege.
Therefore, ACCEPT that diversity, equity and inclusion has been neglected. Second, EVALUATE how efficient your organization is being in these topics. And finally, ACT on means to do better.
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Mona Chavez is a community advocate, volunteer, entrepreneur, world traveler, and blogger.