Social Justice Statement
I acknowledge the historical legacy of systemic racism and the enduring structures that perpetuate inequality in our society. I am an advocate for equity, human rights, anti-hate, anti-racism, and social justice. My evolving commitment is currently expressed through the following actions:
a) I dedicate myself to continuous learning and self-examination about race and racism. I take meaningful steps to confront my biases and prejudices, and I acknowledge inequities and privileges associated with my race, whether conscious or unconscious.
b) I am a champion for the principles and practices of next-stage operating models that break away from traditional power hierarchies. I believe they can have a meaningful role in advancing race and social justice. These approaches shift the power dynamics away from the people in authority and place it in an organizations’ purpose. In the absence of a power hierarchy, healthy natural hierarchies infused with social justice principles and practices can emerge and evolve. I’m fully committed to integrating the principles and practice of these models into my professional endeavors because they are instrumental in reshaping systems to be more just and equitable for all.
c) I engage with clients who share a commitment to advancing social justice. Through collaboration, we continue to learn and contribute to collective efforts aimed at creating a more compassionate, inclusive, and equitable world.
I strive to be a part of the solution, work to dismantle systems of oppression and advocate for a society where every individual is treated with fairness, dignity, and respect and has the opportunity to thrive.
Melissa Ransdell, December 2023
When we identify where our privilege intersects with somebody else’s oppression, we’ll find our opportunities to make real change. — Ijeoma Oluo
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin
“When good people meet a bad system, the system always wins.” — adapted from quote attributed to W. Edwards Demning
When you get these jobs you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game. — Toni Morrison