Earlier this year, MDC opened our staff retreat with “To Live in the Borderlands,” a poem by Gloria Anzaldua. The poet uses the border as a device to describe a world that exists at an intersection of race, gender, and culture. Her recipe for thriving in this intersectionality is to “live sin fronteras, be a crossroads.” After reading the poem, we spent time as a group discussing what it means to be a crossroads, as opposed to being at a crossroads.
“Crossroads” is an accurate descriptor for MDC. Historically, crossroads have been exchange places, whether in Istanbul, Durham, or New Orleans. They are places where people and their ideas, food, and language intersect. A central part of MDC’s character and interactions is that we exist at the crossroads of community, philanthropy, business, academia, and government. If we are creative, nimble, and future-focused, being a crossroads can allow us to link disparate sectors to benefit the communities we serve.
We’ve used our identity as a crossroads to adapt to new ways of connecting, doing business, and responding to challenges and opportunities. We’re delighted to report that because of your generous support, we’ve accomplished a lot in 2021.
We’re optimistic about the possibilities of 2022, but the reality of what the year will bring is uncertain. Your support is critical to our work this year and beyond.
Will you consider giving a special year-end gift to help increase our impact in 2022? You can give online HERE. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity to MDC!
Happy Holidays from the entire MDC Staff!