According to a November document, the federal court system intends to implement a mentorship program that will offer a “psychologically safe space” for mentees that identify as any “minoritized group,” according to Fox News Digital.
Minority employees in the judicial system’s Probation and Pretrial Services System will be qualified to take part in a two-year Assistance Inclusive Diverse Equality Mentor program.
The PPSS office investigates and monitors criminals accused with or convicted of federal offenses on behalf of the courts.
According to the national PPSS office memo, the peer mentorship program will help retention and recruitment initiatives, combat isolation, and promote a diverse workforce.
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, according to the program, have fueled national indignation and division.
“We have indeed been traumatized from unlawful police actions; we have experienced racism driven by fear tactics; and structural hurdles continue to propagate incorrect preconceptions about us,” according to the program.
“Minoritized personnel can face greater levels of isolation and detachment from colleagues, frequently feeling forced to modify their speech, looks, and behavior to obtain credibility,” the report said. “Resources to overcome these obstacles for minority personnel, or ‘the only’ employee of a specific group in the district, may be required to discover and retain diverse and competent individuals.”
Although the program doesn’t really define “minoritized personnel,” it does state that mentees must support diversity, equality, and inclusion.
The message claimed that “categories are purposefully kept unspecified to enable scope for workers who self-identify inside any minoritized group in their district. This program does not serve only traditional demographics.”
Modules on “identification, effective listening, empathy, emotional intelligence, and mentoring beyond divides” are included in initial mentor training. Mentors will continue training on issues such as “microaggressions, prejudice awareness, cultural awareness, and stereotyping” every quarter in order to establish a “psychologically secure space for mentees.”
According to a representative for the Admin. Office of the United States Courts, two of the country’s 13 circuits, the sixth and seventh, already have consented to carry out the program. Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Wisconsin are served by these two circuits.
The spokesperson confirmed who would be eligible to participate in the mentoring program as a mentee.
“The staff may fall in with any number of very broad categories, such as ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, religion, handicap, or, more broadly, a single dad, the only female on a leadership team, or a young member of staff,” the official told Fox News Digital. “The goal is to offer mentors to employees who can relate to them as they negotiate the early stages of their careers or move into new jobs or duties.”