The Only POC on a Team
I recently got promoted into a role that aligns with my career trajectory. Although I'm happy my white managers brought up my name for an amazing opportunity, I saw that the new team I joined was all white people. This isn't much of a surprise, but given the nature of current racial issues I feel like I've been set up. (I may just be paranoid.) Anyways, I find myself wondering about my previous managers intentions. Did he bring my name up in the room for his own selfish reasons? Did he need to check off a box for HR? Was moving me from his team to his managers team a business strategy for his own success? Or did he really see my value-add? My new team includes full time white employees. I am the only person of color who is a contractor. I'm already different from the rest. My on-boarding has been slow due to our company scrambling to figure out how to find ways to support Black employees. My main concern is that I feel that I'm being set up for failure.