Liberty Mutual Chief Talent & Enterprise Services Officer Melanie Foley shared the following messages with employees.
This week marks the beginning of Black History Month — a time to honor Black Americans and their tremendous contributions. It is both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black History is American history.
I’m saddened that as we commemorate Black History Month, the Black community — and other historically marginalized groups — continue to carry discriminatory pain from the past and face injustice in their daily lives. The recent bomb threats that have been made at over a dozen historically Black colleges and universities across the U.S. are a painful reminder of this prejudice, hate and fear, and an opportunity to reinforce our unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). College is meant to be a happy time of self-discovery and academic enrichment. It is heartbreaking to hear that hate and discrimination are disrupting this for some because of their race.
We do not condone hate of any kind and stand with our colleagues – many of whom have direct ties to these targeted institutions – now and always. During challenging times, I encourage you to check in with your colleagues and to take advantage of our well-being resources.
Thank you for your commitment to DEI and for helping to foster an environment where everyone brings their full self to work and knows they belong.