From our parters at the Running Industry Diversity Coalition
At the RIDC, we understand that diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism work in running is the never-ending ultramarathon with no medals. It's a journey of learning and unlearning in our pursuit of progress, both on an individual and a team/brand/store basis.
There is much work to do to uplift BIPOC communities and to prevent harm against them in our industry. We continue to hear about actions big and small, from microaggressions to overt acts, that can feel like we've taken a step back in our collective work.
Change can be slow. And difficult. But our organization is stronger than ever to help address it all. And at this moment, we are taking a breather to rest and acknowledge the progress we made this year.
In 2022, the RIDC celebrated two years of existence. In that time, we’ve grown and achieved measurable progress. As we look back on our brief but impactful history, here are some highlights that stand out from this year:
Message of Gratitude from Kiera Smalls, Executive Director, The RIDC
Racial justice work is hard, and because progress can be slow, it can sometimes feel like we shouldn't celebrate. However, I'm optimistic about the future. Every small and big step toward racial justice is worth acknowledging because that work makes things a little easier for us all—especially for the next generation.
On behalf of the RIDC's board and staff, I want to thank you for joining us on this journey. We are wishing you a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season. If this is a hard time for you, know that you are not alone. We are sending you much love and ease during this season.
To learn more about and keep up with RIDC, please go to https://www.runningdiversity.com/
Save the date: Welcome to the RIDC: A Recommitment and Reintroduction. Tuesday, February 21, 2023. 11 a.m. PST/ 2 p.m. EST.
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