The current climate in our country has underscored the vital importance of our D&I initiatives. In fact, we are in the process of selecting a new Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer who we expect will be in place by Fall 2020. As part of our heightened commitment, we’ve engaged in an extensive SWOT analysis with National and Section staff and volunteers,, as well as industry partners and external stakeholders to identify opportunities to strengthen our existing strategies. We launched the “Big Conversations” series facilitated by Dr. Janet Taylor, a community psychiatrist and expert on racial traumas, to make it safe to have the difficult, but necessary conversations with our employees about race and racism. Though initially presented as a National staff initiative, we’ve also rolled the series out to our Section staff, Board members and volunteers. To build on these conversations, we will be expanding Diversity & Inclusion training offerings. We view these steps as essential to our ability to build an inclusive, ally-oriented culture.
As part of these concerted efforts to foster respect for others and shine a light on urgent societal issues such as racial injustice, gender equality and LGBTQ advocacy, the 2020 US Open has launched a new social responsibility and impact campaign called “Be Open” to share the stories of people, communities and causes that exemplify the spirit of “being open.” We hope to inspire others, both our employees and the tennis community, to join us in being the change that the world needs now more than ever. Because when we’re “Open” together, so much more is possible.