You have heard from me over the last several weeks, since George Floyd’s murder, about our school community’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and our ongoing efforts to become an anti-racist school. While we are devoting time to strengthen these efforts in the coming weeks, months, and years, part of our work requires us to focus on the ways racism and prejudice have existed and continue to persist at Greenhills.
In recent weeks and days, we have had numerous conversations with Black alumni and alumni of color in order to better understand their experiences and the school’s part in them. We have listened to stories of microaggression, marginalization, and explicit bigotry. Some have shared painful stories from long ago, some have spoken of recent experiences, and some have expressed themselves on social media. We understand that in far too many cases—one case is too many—Greenhills has not done enough to create conditions for full equity or true belonging. We deeply regret that any of our students have endured racist language and incidents in our community, and we will not allow it to persist.
As a learning community, we have a responsibility to ensure that every student in our care feels safe, valued, and supported. This is thoughtful and deliberate work that requires us to bring the experiences of marginalized students to the center of all we do here at Greenhills. We have and will hold all current community members—faculty, staff, and students—responsible for any action or behavior that promotes a culture of racism, and we will continue to build better ways for students to share their experiences so we can respond appropriately. There is no higher priority than the safety and well-being of our students. I invite you to be in touch with me directly if you wish to report a concern or incident—current, recent, or past.
We continue this summer to add to the work we began last year, and there is much more work to be done, particularly as it pertains to our Black students; and it will continue to be a strategic focus of the Board of Trustees and leadership at Greenhills. You can expect to see our plans and commitments publicly shared on our website before September 8, when we begin the 2020-2021 school year. We know our community is watching and holding us accountable. Thank you.