What to do about DEI fatigue? Take a deep breath and get back to the work. We need you!
What to do about DEI fatigue? In the face of a rapidly deteriorating DEI climate, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and demoralized. The demoralizing impact of the recent Supreme Court cases is undeniable, and the challenges ahead may seem insurmountable. However, amidst the uncertainty, there is an opportunity for individuals to step up and make a difference. At Boundless Awareness we aim to inspire and provide guidance to those who are committed to anti-oppression work, despite the obstacles that may come our way.
Step 1: Acknowledging the Gravity of the Situation
The first step is to acknowledge where we are at. In the last few years, there has been a surge in DEI interest and now we hear about “DEI fatigue” as if racism and oppression could be solved in just 2 years of initial interest. The reality we have to acknowledge is that hundreds of years of racist and misogynist oppression will take a daily fight on an individual level and systemic change on our institutional level. We have to acknowledge and accept that this work is arduous and to find the light throughout our fight.
Step 2: Embracing the Positive Impact of Service
In the midst of the challenges we face, finding a sense of purpose and fulfillment can be empowering. Providing service and taking action in anti-oppression work offers an opportunity to make a positive impact. Even though the road is difficult, we should remember that our efforts matter. By engaging in sustainable practices, advocating for change, and promoting awareness, we contribute to the collective anti-oppression effort.
Step 3: Perseverance in the Face of Adversity
Despite setbacks and obstacles, it is crucial to keep going. The recent challenges, such as the decisions made by the Supreme Court (SCOTUS), should not deter us from our path. We must acknowledge that there have been difficult times in the past, and humanity has persevered. By learning from history and drawing strength from our resilience, we can find the motivation to continue the vital work of anti-racism and anti-oppression work.
Step 4: Coaching Others Through Difficult Times
In times of demoralization, it becomes essential to support and coach others through their own struggles. White supremacy harms everyone, and many individuals may feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to contribute effectively. By offering guidance, sharing knowledge, and providing emotional support, we can inspire and empower others to navigate their own journey towards positive change.
Step 5: Cultivating Courage and Determination
As we continue anti-oppression work, it is essential to cultivate courage within ourselves. The magnitude of the task at hand may seem daunting, but we must push forward. We have a collective responsibility to hold our systems accountable and to not perpetuate oppression ourselves! It is our moral duty to embrace that challenge. By developing the courage to act and the determination to make a difference, we can amplify our impact and inspire others to join us on this important mission.
The urgency to address white supremacy and racism has never been greater. While the current state of affairs may be disheartening, we must remember that our actions matter. By acknowledging the gravity of the situation, embracing the positive impact of service, persevering through adversity, coaching others, and cultivating courage, we can make a real difference. Together, we have the power to create a sustainable future for generations to come. Let us continue this vital work, regardless of the challenges that lie ahead.