Resources for our Community

This webpage includes resources to help families grow in their understanding of race and racism and to support parents and guardians as they engage in conversation with their children about these issues. Personal education, self-reflection, and courageous conversations are important first steps of active allyship and social change.

REAFFIRMING OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY & JUSTICE

On June 2, 2020, Whitfield School shared the following message with its community.

From the Administration and Trustees of Whitfield School
 
We are deeply saddened and outraged by the recent violent acts targeting Black Americans, namely the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade. These events demonstrate that our world continues to be plagued by structural racism and other forms of injustice. The fact that these incidents have come amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exposed anew the serious inequities of income and healthcare in our society, underscores the need for all of us to educate ourselves about the issues and to get involved in the solutions.
 
Whitfield’s commitment to Equity & Inclusion and to living by the Habits of Mind & Heart, including citizenship, ethical conduct, and cultural competence, means we cannot stay silent on these issues. We unequivocally stand in solidarity with our black students, families, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees, and we call on all of our community members to act as allies and advocates. 
 
These tragic events must serve as a grave reminder of the need to continue and expand our efforts to ensure inclusive and equitable communities here at Whitfield, but also beyond into our local and national communities. We must continue to build empathy and celebrate differences but also to have difficult and courageous conversations and study painful histories. 

A Note About the Resources Below

The following resources were compiled by Whitfield School administrators and faculty members to support the growth and understanding of our community.  Just as we do with our students, we encourage all who access these resources to be critical consumers of media and determine relevance and usefulness for themselves.

This list is not comprehensive.  We will continue to add to it, and encourage your participation.  Please send resource recommendations to Director of Equity & Inclusion Anna Warbelow: anna.warbelow@whitfieldschool.org.

RESOURCES: Getting Started

This extensive list of resources for white allies is organized by stage of identity development (Helms) and corresponding beliefs/thoughts/actions in relation to an understanding of and commitment to antiracism.

This interactive website hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture includes “tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.”

RESOURCES: Conversations with Kids

RESOURCES: Books

RESOURCES: Other Media