Yesterday marked the first day of Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans – including the unsung heroes whose names we may not know but for whom we are indebted – and to recognize their important role in our history.
As I reflect on past years’ Black History Month events, I think of cultural celebrations, recognition of famous and accomplished Black Americans, and reminders of the important history in our not so distant past.
This year, I am struck by the profound and rapid change we are experiencing in how we think and talk about equity in both our personal and professional lives.
This year, I challenge us to focus on the work we are doing from within to inspire and elevate the voices of Black Americans already working alongside us. I challenge us to promote and encourage engagement of emerging Black leaders in our programs and planning and to listen and respond to Black voices with intention and integrity. I challenge us to differentiate ourselves as leaders in behavioral health so that future generations of accomplished Black leaders thrive in organizations and communities that more closely reflect those we serve.
I personally commit to each of these challenges with greater intention – I would love to hear from you how CBHL can support your own commitments.
Holly Salazar | CEO