This blog post was written by Charles Harley, Upper School Coordinator for the Diversity and Community Committee. The blog explains the “I See You” campaign, an effort launched by Harley to recognize, support, and lift up the Landon faculty and staff.
I started the “I See You” campaign because of a casual conversation. Someone reached out to me to tell me they feel me and like the vibe I bring. The gentleman said, “I see you, you are really doing your thing.” The aforementioned salutations from an unexpected source really made my day. It gave me the encouragement to keep putting one foot in front of the other as it relates to the diversity, equity, and inclusion work at Landon.
The next morning, I woke and was still smiling and replaying the conversation. Hence, just before the start of the Upper School meeting, I decided to make “I See You” a thing. I honestly feel a random act of kindness out of the blue can go a long way in changing someone’s countenance for an extended period. The “I See You” campaign encourages Landon faculty and staff to send a note of gratitude to a colleague letting them know “I see you” for the work they’ve done.
One of the first participants of the effort was Upper School Spanish Teacher Clare Chambers. “What a wonderful way to recognize members of our community for their hard work and efforts,” Chambers said. “There is nothing better than ‘I see you,’ and recognize all that you do.”
I have a number of really cool responses from faculty. Some have almost brought tears to my eyes. Just about every “I see you” note that I have received was 100 percent better than what I sent. When sending an “I see you” to coworkers, I never expected to get one in return.
“Two goals mentioned for the “I See You” campaign were: to make someone’s day and help someone feel included,” said Registrar Monica Harrison. “I was happy to see that my place of employment found value in valuing others and I wanted to participate. I believe individuals work better when they know they are appreciated, respected, and their efforts in contributing to the success of an organization are ‘seen.’ Plus, it nice to be nice.”