Reaffirming Our Commitment to Equity and Justice
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 and 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.
This summer, we will offer several opportunities to heal, learn, and grow as a community.
- On June 3rd, our faculty and staff will gather virtually in an anti-racist affinity group to process the tragic events and discuss best practices for supporting all of our students through this difficult time.
- Dr. Warbelow, Director of Equity & Inclusion, will facilitate a virtual discussion with interested students on Thursday, June 4th at 12:30 PM on Zoom. This is an opportunity for students wanting to process and reflect on the events. Students will also discuss how to support one another and act as allies. Students should look for the Zoom invite in their email.
- As the Equity and Inclusion Task Force of the Board of Trustees continues to work though the results of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey, there will be several opportunities for community members to participate in focus groups, working committees, and community conversations.
- Please look for communication later this month about the option to join an Equity and Inclusion family book discussion.
If you are feeling uncertain about how to join this effort, please reach out to Anna Warbelow, Director of Equity & Inclusion, for support and additional resources.