Gryphon Scientific Takes Steps to Advance Racial Equity

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is a powerful space of remembrance and learning in Alabama. Photo Credit: Joan Mullen

Gryphon Scientific joins the historic uprising of voices across the country supporting Black Lives Matter by reaffirming calls for civil rights, equality, and fair policing. We mourn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other black men and women lost to systemic racism. We want to clearly state our corporate values in solidarity with the men and women marching in the streets: we have no tolerance for racism in the workplace, and we have called on our staff to be rigorously engaged in promoting an inclusive work environment.

Recognizing that we are what we do, not what we say we will do, Gryphon has already taken several modest steps and developed additional proposals for action to advance racial equity:

    • Reflecting our commitment to support our staff members of color and to increase diversity in our workforce, we have been working with American University to develop a training course and revisions to our hiring process that will give hiring managers the tools they need to provide greater opportunities to people of color. We hope that the course we pilot for American University will be published and available to other companies.
    • We also have been involved in supporting the next generation of scientists. For the past two years, we have provided financial support to “Letters to a Pre-Scientist”, a science engagement program that focuses on both literacy and science education in low-income schools by connecting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) professionals as pen pals with middle school students.
    • Moving forward, the company will match donations to anti-hate or anti-racist causes, including activist organizations like BlackLivesMatter, advocacy groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, or research organizations such as Campaign Zero.
    • Recognizing that our research skills can be an important asset in the fight to change hate and racism, we are committed to pursuing work related to promoting diversity and better understanding and addressing systemic injustice. Further, we will provide internal funding for noteworthy ideas on these topics that may not have an available or receptive funder.

We hope these steps will contribute to the fight against hate and racial injustice. To build on these efforts, we will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of our efforts to support diversity in our workplace and reflect on what we can do to promote a more inclusive and equitable society. Further, we will continue to seek out partners and new ideas from our staff and our community to support and raise good ideas and programs from all quarters.

Sincerely,

Joan, Rocco, Meg, and Kim
Gryphon’s Partners

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