Dear friends of AMA,

Like us, you may be feeling overwhelmed, angry and exhausted by the recent events that have highlighted the racial inequality and discrimination that continues to plague our society. At the Reno-Tahoe AMA we want to be clear that we stand with, support and honor the lives of the black community. We stand against all forms of racism, bigotry, discrimination, intolerance and hate—there is no place for this in our organization or in our community. 

Now is the time to take action. It’s time to express, converse, listen and educate. Think about how you can grow, learn and offer support. We encourage you to get involved by donating time and money to causes that are devoted to fighting racism and police brutality, patronizing local black owned businesses, and continuously educating yourselves and those around you. Below is a list of resources that offer ways to help, black owned businesses we can support within the Reno-Tahoe community, and more. 

Ways to help:

BLM Ways To Help Website

Reno black owned businesses:This thread on Twitter lists black owned businesses in Reno.

A comprehensive list of educational materials:
This google doc offers many links to educational materials and further resources to help.

As the board of directors, we are committed to doing better and having important conversations about how we can improve our diversity, equity and inclusion strategies for the future. If you have any thoughts or feedback, we want to hear from you. Together, we can make a difference. 

We have open positions available on our Board of Directors, including a VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Email us if you are interested in joining the board of the Reno-Tahoe AMA. AMA PDX and AMA Puget Sound have flourishing DEI programs that Reno-Tahoe AMA is working to emulate. Join their upcoming event to learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion from a broad range of perspectives as marketing professionals share their personal and organizational DEI journeys and stories. The panel discussion will touch on themes including unconscious bias, stereotyping, allyship, coalition building, and more. Attend the Virtual DEI event from AMA PDX and AMA Puget Sound

Thank you,

The 2020-2021 Reno-Tahoe AMA Board of Directors