What does it mean to really be a “liberated leader” as a Black or Indigenous person or a person of color? At Building Bridges, it means having a space where your needs are met, your voice is heard, and your opinions matter. You have what you need to excel, to thrive, to claim your power.
Over the past three months, the need for this space has only been amplified for our community - especially those who identify as people of color. The pandemic we’re experiencing is hurting Black and Indigenous people and people of color (BIPOC) at much higher rates than white people. And the current uprising against police brutality makes plain the deep pain, rage, and fear so many of us feel in the face of structural racism.
We are fired up, and ready to use our skills to transform spaces and relationships, yet systems of inequality and white supremacy continue to create roadblocks. It’s time to invest the resources to remove these barriers where we can.
In May 2020, Building Bridges was selected by The Denver Foundation to join the Racial Equity Landscape Cohort. This selection included a $10,000 grant that we can decide how best to use to invest in Building Bridges’ racial equity efforts. Though we could have decided to put it all towards salaries or other expenses, we are committing $5,000 dollars to create the Liberated Leaders Fund. From this Fund, we will make direct cash grants to leaders of color in our network to be used to address financial barriers.
This June, we are asking YOU to match the funds we’ve already committed! Your donations will go directly towards our Building Bridges participants, alumni, and staff of color – be it to help support a college trip, assist in resume building, or ensure reliable internet access as they navigate remote learning this fall. As we continue to struggle with the challenges posed by the global pandemic, it is critical that we remain committed to leveraging our position and resources for equity and inclusion.
We hope you will join us in this important work.