Carrie Rulli Stone, Internal Communications | February 17, 2021
Megan Akatu was overcome with shock, sadness and fear in the wake of the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of police. Racial tension in the country was boiling.
“I look at my son, especially, and think he could be walking around one day and someone could decide his life isn’t worthwhile just because of the color of his skin,” she said. Three-year-old Eli is one of Akatu’s two biracial children, who are her biggest motivators to work toward racial justice.
A phrase in her social media feed moved her to action.
“It said, ‘Ally equals action,’ and I knew I had to do something,” she said.
Soon after, Akatu, director of business development with Notre Dame’s University Enterprises and Events (UEE), found herself in a listening session she helped organize as a co-chair of the UEE’s diversity efforts led by Eric Love, staff diversity and inclusion director at Notre Dame.
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