This is where the Xtracycle DE&I Team posts the notes from our monthly meetings. Notes are posted in reverse chronological order. If you have questions or feedback, please email one of our DE&I Team members, which includes:

Kris (he/him)
kris@xtracycle.com

Jamie (he/him)
jamie@xtracycle.com

Evan (he/him)
evan@xtracycle.com

Ashley (she/her)
ashley@xtracycle.com

Next DE&I Meeting: August 13th

July 2nd, 2020 Meeting Notes

Teammates in attendance: Ashley (she/her), Jamie (he/him), Kris (he/him), Evan

In July’s DE&I Xtracycle Team meeting, we discussed the following ideas:

How can we be more inclusive and affirming to BIPOC in our hiring process?
– Continue to do internal work to make our company safe and affirming for BIPOC
– Make the hiring process more transparent
– Create a system to ensure job listings reach organizations that align with our anti-racist goals
– Add language to the current job listings that make our dedication to team mate safety, diversity and inclusion clear

Ideas for ways in which Xtracycle can unlearn racism internally:
– Sign the Cycling Industry Pledge with the WTF Bikexplorers
– Take anti-bias / anti-privilege training (i.e. with The Brown Bike Girl: https://thebrownbikegirl.com/services/)
– Create a blog post with anti-racism articles that will be continually updated
– Add anti-racism resource list to our linktr.ee
– Update company values to make sure language is reflective of our anti-racist stance
– What are the organizations we need to partner with to address the cycling infrastructure piece? Maybe we can donate product? I.e. Bike East Bay has a strong equity focus.
– At check-out, give the option to donate to local infrastructure. (Offer to match?)
– Donate to a different local or grassroots organization working for justice every month and partner with that org – post on social, blog post, etc. (and share story about why we are doing this)
– Create a master document of orgs and people we want to support.
– Start working on hiring BIPOC talent for next photoshoot.

To-dos generated from this meeting:
– Evan will take diversity and inclusion assessment by July 14th and share results later that week. There will be a lot of little things that come out of this assessment.
– Evan will come up with better questions for the “About Us” page. Ashley will create a survey to ask employees these new questions.
– Ashley will update employee “About Us” page to include recent employees and pronouns.
– Ashley will ask the marketing team about public blog post with resources and meeting notes (Update: team was on board – moving forward with this)
– Ashley to will set up a list of resources and invite team to add to this list. 

June 9th, 2020

There is an urgent need to do more to dismantle institutional and systemic racism within ourselves, within society at large, & within our own cycling community. This racism is traumatic and it is denying Black communities of their dignity, their freedom, their lives.

Xtracycle is committing itself to listening, learning, growing & actively leveraging our privilege to help bring about the justice & equity that is long overdue. We have not done enough – we need to do more. Our silence this past week as we turned inward to reflect on our shortcomings in this fight for justice is one example of how we have failed Black communities & why we must do better moving forward.

We are dedicating ourselves to making tangible changes to help bring about the justice and equity that is urgently needed to protect & respect lives. We will be tapping into the countless resources that exist for those doing anti-racism work – books, documentaries, podcasts, anti-racism training, just to name a few – & we will ensure we financially compensate everyone involved in developing these resources that our education is benefiting from. We will be outlining our next steps and we will find a way to make those publicly accessible. We recognize this will be an ever evolving process & it is our intent to engage in it with all the collective potential we possess, while holding each other accountable for the work. If there is something you would like to see us bring into the fold of this critical work as a company in the cycling space, please let us know.

Xtracycle has made a donation to Black Lives Matter to support those fighting for justice. Individually, in our own communities, we are actively seeking ways to support local, Black-led organizations and we encourage you to do the same in your community, according to their need & your ability.

These are small first steps, long-overdue.

We say their names: Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Philando Castile. Korryn Gaines. Pamela Turner. Tamir Rice. Oscar Grant. Shantel Davis. Atatiana Jefferson. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Alton Sterling. Freddie Gray. Michael Brown. Laquan McDonald. Trayvon Martin. Too many.