Pre-COVID-19, we would be gathering tomorrow morning in the Campbell Center for our Monday all-school meeting. Too often over the years, but importantly, those meetings have been times when we would acknowledge together the continued injustice and violence resulting from structural racism in our country. Accompanying that acknowledgement—whether prompted by specific events, or as part of our equity and justice work as a school community—is the terrible fact that many members of our community live with this anxiety and threat every day. More so now than ever in the past couple months of being apart, I wish we could be together to support our friends, students, families, and colleagues of color, specifically members of our black community.
All of this occurs at the end of a long few months of this extraordinary, demanding, frightening and worrisome spring. I so wish we could gather tomorrow morning and I remain hopeful we can begin next year more together than apart. Until then, know that our school’s mission is explicit in our commitment to equity and justice, and to helping our students better the world. As we prepare to care for our students, families, and colleagues through this final week of the school year and into the summer, I write to encourage everyone to do more, to work toward antiracism, to do better.