Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Listening. Learning. Standing in Solidarity. These are the words that have resonated with me over the last couple of weeks as I have struggled with the realities of racism and injustice across our country. I am deeply saddened and troubled by recent events and, like many of you, I want to influence positive change in our community and be part of the solution. To the Black members of our Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Community, I want you to know that I see you. And I care.
The other word that keeps coming to me is Hope. I am filled with hope as I see people of all ages and races come together and be united against racism and injustice. I am filled with hope when I see children and teenagers finding their voices and becoming advocates for themselves and for others. And I am filled with hope knowing that this generation of changemakers won’t stop until they live in a society that is equal for all people.
At Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, we are committed to an anti-racist environment where all girls feel welcome, encouraged, and empowered. We recognize that there is work to be done and we will do that work. This is a time for honesty and for action. Whether it is raising our own awareness, showing compassion and empathy, condemning racial inequality and violence, or advocating for change, it will take all of us working together to make a true and lasting impact.
The works starts with us. With the full support of our Board of Directors, my team and I are committed to the work ahead. We will need your help as we work to figure out exactly what that looks like and how we will work together and hold one another accountable. We are ready to listen and learn. And we are ready to use our collective values and voices to make this world a better place.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas as we navigate this together. We are exploring options for our Girl Scout community to come together to start the conversation and will be sharing that on our Social Media platforms. You can always reach me via email, at the office (561-815-1805) or on my cell (561-722-8000).
Lisa Y. Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida