We'd like to celebrate Black History Month by spotlighting our Black Doximity employees. This week, we interviewed Victoria Creese AR Analyst, Finance/G&A from Nevada.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is pretty interesting to me. On the one hand, I am so glad that there is a month with the purpose of highlighting the importance of how Black people have impacted American History and learning the lesser known facts, background, inventions, etc. of my ancestors. At the same time, it saddens me that we still need a month like Black History Month because Black History = American History. There is no divide. My hopes are that one day we won’t need a month like Black History Month because it will be history that is freely, accessibly, and consistently shared like all other history. For now, I delight in the spike of learning new things every year about people from across the African Diaspora during February.
What does workplace allyship look like to you?
To me, workplace allyship looks like speaking up for your fellow colleagues when you notice injustice and increasing personal awareness. Meaning, being able to take a step back, reflecting and observing if your BIPOC teammates have the same voice on your team as you and if you notice otherwise potentially bringing it to leadership's attention. One of my favorite quotes of all time is that of Martin Luther King Jr., “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, we will remember the silence of our friends.” I find this quote to be especially meaningful in the workspace. Unfortunately, the effects of slavery are still alive and well in our culture today and it has moved to the subtleties in interactions. Ask your BIPOC colleagues how they are doing and listen. Sometimes you can help and sometimes you can’t, but it always feels good to be heard.
Work place allyship means . . . being able to take a step back, reflecting and observing if your BIPOC teammates have the same voice on your team as you and if you notice otherwise potentially bringing it to leadership's attention
How are you taking care of yourself during challenging times?
Spending time in nature has hands down been my favorite form of self-care these days! I love finding a new hike or trail and just getting lost in the beauty of whatever landscape I’m in. Also the use of all the streaming services -- from Bob’s Burgers to The Office, I love it all! Journaling is also very key to my sanity these days. "Better out than in" Shrek always says.
Are there any historical figures or current leaders that you want to acknowledge?
|This is so hard because there are so many, but I’ll be very honest and acknowledge the first three people that popped into my head lol. Maya Angelou, Jermaine Cole, and Michelle Obama. As a black woman coming from rural North Carolina, I have had to live a lot of my life in the shadows, much like the help. I KNOW "Why the Caged Bird Sings." And I thank each and everyone of them for sharing their true and authentic selves with the world because it encourages us all to step up into our best and highest self.
Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.
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