How We Are Showing Up
As GIA prepares to host the 2021 annual conference in Puerto Rico for the first time, there are a few points we’d like you to join us in considering:
Keep in mind the histories and models of extraction within the U.S. and our field
- How can this engagement seed a long-term relationship?
- When can we return?
- What can we leave behind?
- Where can we invest? Over how long can we invest?
Keep in mind the U.S. history of colonization
- Our local colleagues are the leaders: Let them lead
- Ask our local colleagues how they want us to engage
- Try to accommodate our local colleagues’ preferences
Keep in mind health and safety
- Ask what precautions our local colleagues and community members want us to take and take them
- We encourage you to prepare yourself for safe travel before coming to Puerto Rico by taking advantage of your access to vaccines, following local and national recommendations for public health, including wearing a mask and physically distancing.
- Follow the lead of local authority and the host hotel
- Bring only passion, excitement, and a commitment to equity and justice; no COVID germs please!