Friday, July 24th
We would like to use today’s update to highlight a volunteer opportunity with Girls on the Run Rockies, a group we have talked with and who we think is a worthwhile recipient of your help and support.
About Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run Rockies is a 501c3 charitable organization that offers after school running programs for elementary and middle school girls across 130 schools from Pueblo to Fort Collins, Colorado.
The organization impacts the lives of over 6000 girls per year, 70% of whom are eligible for free or reduced lunch. In addition to run coaching, participants also learn important life & emotional skills.
The organization is currently recruiting female coaches for virtual & in-person coaching sessions this Fall.
Their goal is to recruit a total of 1200 coaches for this Fall.
The coaches volunteer 2 times a week for 10 weeks. In-person sessions last 75-90 minutes and virtual sessions last 30 to 60 minutes.
If you are interested in coaching, you can find the application at the following website: Girls on the Run | Get Involved
New volunteers should sign up before the end of August.
In memory of John Lewis, 1940-2020
"Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society." - John Lewis, Civil Rights Leader
The Stryd Team
Friday, July 10th
Here is what we are actively doing:
1. We are evaluating outside expert consultants with the intent of finding help that can best direct our diversity and inclusion efforts.
2. We are contacting inclusive running groups to see how Stryd can uniquely contribute to their pre-existing efforts.
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas or suggestions.
The Stryd Team
Friday, June 26th
Our Initial Plan Towards Addressing Inequalities in Both the Technology and Running Industries
Last Friday (in celebration of Juneteenth) we made a commitment to our community and today we present the results of our continued work. Since our statement, Stryd has formed a diversity committee tasked to specifically research potential avenues where we hope to make a difference.
We are conscious of our employee demographics and recognize that we have a lot to learn to ensure our efforts are effective. We have reached out to diversity, inclusion, and equity consultants (The Equity Project). We will be meeting with them as we move forward to both update diversity, inclusion, and equity training within our organization and to incorporate their expertise into our plan of action.
One of the critical things we have learned so far is that this mission will take time and consistent energy. We have put forth our best efforts for our first iteration and we are now asking our fellow Stryders and running community to join us by providing ideas and feedback on how Stryd can make a positive change in BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) and other underrepresented communities. We have already compiled a list of different approaches designed to make an impact within our community; however, we recognize that, although these ideas may be beneficial, they may not be the most efficient means towards ending systemic racism. By providing us with your ideas and suggestions, we will have a better understanding of what the actual needs are, and how we can most effectively address those needs.
From our first week of work and brainstorming, we have identified 5 possible ways Stryd can support diversity and inclusion. These ideas are not fully developed, but we are committed to pursuing these avenues so long as they are viable.
STRYD Diversity Page
The STRYD Diversity page/website will grow as we ourselves go through these changes and as we take action. This website will contain our accomplishments, pivots, goals, and every step along the way. This is to keep our audience up to date as we continue to take the next stride towards inclusivity, diversity, and equity within our workplace, our community, and around the world.
We want to create a reliable source of information to educate prospective runners around the world about the health benefits, ease, and relatively low cost of running. The goal is to promote running as an inclusive exercise & hobby that appeals to all people regardless of race, gender, economic status, and all other barriers.
Groups including, but not limited to, Black Men Run, Black Girls Run, RUNGRL Co, Wings of America, and Girls on the Run have already made a difference in their communities and have a powerful network of established chapters that extend beyond our immediate reach. We will reach out to these groups to build relationships that ensure direct support to diverse runners.
Our Hiring Process
Some examples include how and where we post our open positions as well as diversity training for the people involved throughout the interviewing and hiring process. It also includes reviewing and modifying the interviewing structure itself. The removal of coded-language is already in practice within our hiring process, but we will more thoroughly review our listings to expand the selection pool of talented individuals independent of race or gender.
Product design often focuses on accessibility. We believe going through this process is more broadly applicable, and will identify improvements in the experience we deliver. Microsoft provides a design methodology inline with our considerations.
As previously stated, this mission will not be a short sprint but a sustained effort, and we hold ourselves responsible for taking steps towards achieving our goals. We will post bi-weekly updates on our progress.
Stryd may not have the resources of larger corporations, but we have always had a very supportive and vocal community. We are eager to hear from our audience on how we can help support BIPOC and other underrepresented communities.
Please feel free to leave your ideas and suggestions in the comments section.
If you would rather message us directly, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
The Stryd Team
Friday, June 19th
Our Acknowledgement of Systemic Racism and Commitment to Action
Here in the United States and abroad, millions are rallying around the spirit of freedom and liberation on this Juneteenth holiday. We at Stryd would like to publicly state our acknowledgement of the systemic injustices that have collectively disadvantaged Black and Brown members of our society. These barriers are deeply rooted, self-reinforced, and self-repairing. They continue to impact the lives and freedoms of people in our communities.
To those not afforded the privilege of going for a simple run without fearing for their life,
we see you.
To those denied the freedom of pursuing their goals along an equitable path,
we support you.
We are committed to taking immediate and long-term action.
We pledge to work towards reversing the systemic disadvantages facing you.
Next Friday, June 26, we will be posting our plan towards addressing inequalities in both the technology and running industries, and beyond.
Today we declare our responsibility to deliver our part of the change that is desperately overdue. Stryd is committed to listening, learning, and improving. We welcome your input and further conversation through a new and permanent communication channel.
Please reach out to us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We commit to listening to you.