It is Past the Time To Take Action 

AADC Excellence in Inclusion and Equity Initiative 

Douglass alumnae are stronger when we move forward together in solidarity and are able to value, include, respect and embrace our differences with other alumnae and friends. In doing so, we make our alumnae community, the country and the world a better place.

Right now, it is time to consistently and persistently speak loudly and act boldly to end systemic racism and stand for anti-racism. To have hard conversations, to listen and learn, and to grow so that we can all become more than allies – but warriors – for inclusion and equity in our neighborhoods, workplaces and all spheres of influence. Together, we will learn to use our voices and take anti-racism actions daily, not just in response to atrocious murders or headlines exposing injustices. We must take action because it is the right action to take.

Here’s how:

1. Take part in the AADC’s Excellence in Inclusion and Equity Initiative: a series of conversations led by professionals with first-hand knowledge. We will build on the intrinsic trust among Douglass alumnae to discuss how we can advance equity and inclusion in the context of uncomfortable realities. We will be better able to recognize situations of exclusion and feel more empowered to use our influence to help others gain access with respect.

2. Consider a contribution to fund this initiative. Dr. Debra Joy Pérez ’84, former Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture, Inclusion & Equity at Simmons University, has generously seeded this initiative with a gift of $5,000. She challenges alumnae to collectively contribute a matching amount. This appeal is not on behalf of NJC, DRC, Douglass or Rutgers. It supports our AADC effort to become more aware and better informed, so that we have the courage to be agents of change. Contribute online at www. douglassalumnae/MakeAGift or by check payable to the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College. Please note “Inclusion and Equity” in the memo line. Then mail your donation to the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, 181 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

3. Stay connected. Douglass alumnae throughout history have come together through good and challenging times. We move forward together and become better together. Join us now. Watch for upcoming AADC Excellence in Inclusion and Equity Initiative programs at www.douglassalumnae.org and share your ideas and experiences by contacting douglassalumnae@douglassalumnae.org.

4. Take action in your communities. Apply what you know, what you learn from the AADC’s Excellence in Inclusion and Equity Initiative, and what you have experienced to be the “change agents” in your homes, in your neighborhoods, and in your spheres of influence. A more equitable and just society is possible when we put our values into action as “change agents” for the society we envision and desire.

Together, Douglass alumnae can effect positive change.