The senior leadership team of ASD, with the support of the Board of Trustees and countless ASD faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni, will take this moment to denounce all forms of discrimination and inequality. This stance is consistent with the school’s mission to prepare our students to adapt and contribute in a rapidly changing world, is consistent with the school’s core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, excellence, and compassion, and is consistent with the school’s strategic initiatives of inclusion, contribution, and global citizenship.
The recent deaths of George Floyd and other unarmed African Americans are graphic reminders of social injustice and racism plaguing the United States and other nations around the world. Race, gender, and other forms of discrimination are a global problem, and should receive the same attention and cooperation as the coronavirus is now getting. We thus stand up to eradicate this scourge.
This week, as a faculty and staff, we started a discussion on how we could best respond to these developments. While we recognize that individuals retain the right to respond in any way they see fit, or not at all, we as the leadership of ASD will honor the platform we have in our classrooms, hallways, and other forums: to teach about privilege, prejudice, and racism; to augment social justice topics throughout the curriculum; to foster authentic conversations during the school day; and to help our students make sense of the questions and emotions they may have.
Most importantly, we stand in solidarity and as allies with those in our own community who are suffering pain and stress from past or current discrimination, based solely on their ethnicity, gender, or other aspects of their identity. In doing so, we build community, and we stay true to ASD’s mission and core values. Now is not the time to simply mean well, but rather, to do well.