At Gazelle Sports our core values are care, community, excellence, learning and active living. We reflect on these values to guide our decision making daily- both in times of excitement and growth, and when we are faced with adversity. The unrest within our communities and across the nation these last few months have given us pause to reflect further on these values as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion.
As a result, we have committed to developing a strategy to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas of our business. Our vision of a diverse and inclusive company and community includes equitable representation of BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. We will lean into our value of learning as a first step as we begin this process, and have hired Nicole Parker of ANP Consulting to guide us along this journey.
Cultural and structural shift is hard work, but as runners, walkers, and all around movers, we know one thing for sure: we can do hard things, and we will continue to stand up for what we believe in:
Here are steps we’ve taken so far:
Hired a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultant
Hosted a group read and discussion of “How to be an Anti-Racist” by Dr. Ibram X Kendi
Participated in panel discussions with other community and industry leaders around the importance of creating inclusive, equitable and diverse environments- within our businesses and our movement communities
YWCA of West Central Michigan Girls on the Run Rhonda Walker Foundation No Surrender Running Club Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Special Olympics Michigan Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo