The R.I.S.E. Black Associate Network emerged out of a desire to create a safe space to unite Black associates in response to ongoing societal racial injustices and civil unrest. Although the immediate concern for Black associates’ health and wellbeing was the impetus, we recognize the importance of strengthening Black associates’ sense of belonging and community at TDS.
The R.I.S.E. Black Associate Network (ARG) exists to:
- Recruit and Retain Black associates by deepening their felt belongingness and sense of community at TDS.
- Inspire Black associates to be transformational leaders at TDS through professional development, mentorship, networking, and advocacy.
- Support Black associates by understanding their organizational and social needs and responding to their concerns.
- Educate TDS associates on the Black experience and culture to increase cultural competence and increase leaders' capacity for centering Black voices in organizational decision making.