As people across the nation voice their anguish over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as citizens rally to protest the treatment of Black citizens by the police and the cruelties and injustices perpetuated by institutionalized and systemic racism, and as the effects of COVID-19 expose inequities and disparities more starkly, we at Storbeck Search are listening.
Black lives matter.
Our firm was founded on a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in our world by proactively identifying and recruiting diverse pools of candidates and by placing and promoting new leaders from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented, and yet we can always listen better, learn more, and do more.
Today we renew our commitment to bring greater diversity and inclusion to education and nonprofit leadership. At the same time, we hope that we can partner and collaborate to drive action beyond commitment statements.
The time is now – albeit long overdue – to push further to enact real change across America. In our spheres of influence in the education and nonprofit sectors, we dedicate ourselves to antiracism and to promoting new policies, better programs, greater access to mentors and leadership roles for people of color, and what Lynn Pasquerella, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), calls “an honest assessment of, and genuine reckoning with, the structural barriers and hidden biases that pervade our own colleges, universities, organizations and associations.”
As your search consultants, we stand ready to support you in your racial equity work, and we pledge to continue our own internal work around racial equity to break down any lingering barriers and implicit biases that influence our firm’s ability to fulfill our mission.
For Further Reading
Storbeck Search staff read widely. Below you'll find a selection of works by Black American authors that our staff highly recommend. Moreover, you can support Black-owned bookstores (and see additional recommendations) here and here.
- Faces at the Bottom of the Well, by Derrick Bell
- Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon
- How Long 'til Black Future Month?, by N.K. Jemisin
- How To Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
- A Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynchings in the United States, 1892-1893-1894, by Ida B. Wells (See also: "A Voice for Justice: The Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells", University of Chicago Library web exhibit)
- So You Want To Talk about Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
- The 1619 Project, (The New York Times)
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum
For those interested in delving into microcosmic histories and contexts, JSTOR, the digital library for scholars and researchers, has collected recent scholarship and made it freely available in Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus.