Last week I received a text from a good friend, it read this:
Just putting this out there...I felt every word, because anyone who does Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) work knows that the words mentally tired and D&I are brother and sister.
After doing Diversity & Inclusion work for almost a decade, I know far too well what it means to feel mentally tired. However, there are several things I've had to learn that have kept me in the game this long and for the most part, kept bitterness at bay as I fight off the waves of anger and prejudices everyday. This back and forth conversation with my friend reminded me that for anyone entering this work for the first time, being one of a few black faces in a white space, is hard. It means you might struggle with keeping sane when corporate efforts to change workplace culture puts you as the D&I expert because of the color of your skin.
So with that, here is my, "How to keep sane list":
(P.S. this is just my list, you may disagree or have your own, and that's okay! Also, I'm a Black woman who identifies as a Christian, so although I mention the faith aspect in many of them, real talk these lessons are the same regardless of what you believe. My faith is just a big part of what keeps me grounded or "centered" while doing this work.)
What helps you stay sane and avoid burnout in this space of work? Let me know in the comments!