It is an emotional and difficult time. While we are in the midst of a pandemic, unemployment is nearing Great Depression levels and now the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and many others remind us of the racial inequality around us.
Today, Juneteenth, marks the end of slavery 155 years ago in the United States, but it is important to recognize that systemic racism and racial oppression did not end when slavery did. One of the key values at Mammoth is transparency and communication so we are speaking up and engaging with the racial injustices in our society to become more aware, see more clearly and create a more equitable society beginning with our own community and company.
We have taken time to meet and discuss specific actions we will take as a community and have established these initial priorities:
- Revisiting our values to make diversity and inclusion a more integral part of our culture
- Evaluating our hiring practices and making changes to create a more diverse and inclusive team
- Creating an internal system to further support resource sharing and trainings so that we can better educate ourselves on systemic racism, its effects, ways to talk about it and ways to prevent it
- Partnering with local Bay Area schools and organizations that support inclusive STEM educational opportunities and internships
- Declaring Election Day, the first Tuesday after November 1st, a paid company holiday
Through these initial actions we hope to be more explicit in our support for diversity, equity and inclusion to further support our goal of diagnosing and curing diseases.
CEO Mammoth Biosciences