Obviously, this is not as easy time for those of us who believe that all human beings are brothers and sisters, that diversity is a strength not a weakness, and that we are obliged to act in accordance with those beliefs.
It is important, and may become even more important as time goes by, that we feel part of a community that understands this, and can act appropriately based on it.
I am again proud of Collington, and hope that we can be a national model, as I here report the efforts made by our Director to support those who may need it.
Here is the full text of the letter sent by Marvell to the staff today.
January 30, 2017
Dear Member of the Collington Team,
Each and every one of you reading this is a part of a large and close knit international family here at Collington. We represent numerous countries from all over the world and proudly celebrate that diversity throughout our community.
As you undoubtedly are aware, an executive order recently signed by President Trump placed a ban on immigration into the United States from certain countries. This ban is currently being challenged within our judicial system. Be that as it may, I feel it is important for you to know that Collington stands firmly shoulder to shoulder with all of you. We welcome with open arms all individuals.
In writing this letter, I am reaffirming Collington’s commitment:
“To encourage and welcome all people without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law, to live in our communities and to serve on our staffs and boards.”
– Excerpt from our Values & Practices
As a reminder, you have access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which can help with a variety of personal concerns including legal matters. You can utilize this service at no cost to you and confidentially by calling Carebridge Employee Assistance Program toll-free, 1-800-437-0911, for immediate consultation. Brochures with more information can be picked up in Human Resources or by visiting http://www.myliferesource.com (website access code: XEGKX).
Thank you for all you do in service to the Collington Family.
Here is the cover note that Marvell sent to the Board of Directors with the above. It includes some important background information.
Dear Collington Board Members,
Today I shared th[is] letter to all staff of Collington. I am sharing with you as well for your information and knowledge of how we are supporting our staff.
For those that may not know, a significant portion of our staff are Muslim and/or immigrants and the recent executive order has many of them fearful even though they are all either naturalized citizens or permanent residents of the US. As one staff member said to me today, “Collington could not exist without immigrants that come here to work.”
Thanks and be well.
I would urge residents to share with friends in other communities who might find this a useful model.
I would also remind that there are online tools to help people with such issues, as discussed here.