The events of recent weeks have brought widespread attention to the systemic racism present in the U.S and the injustices that our students and families—nearly all people of color—experience on a daily basis. We are outraged by the long list of victims—both named and unnamed—tragically murdered as a result of police brutality and systemic racism. We will not stand by silently.
The central tenets of our ‘Heartbeat’—the core values that our organization lives by—is that our community shares a deep belief that our students will change the world and that we are responsible for dismantling systems of oppression that hold our students back from achieving their full potential. Above all, the promises we make to them are sacred. It is our mission and responsibility to build a more just world for our students and prepare them to do the same.
Engaging in productive conversations about race, identity, stereotypes, and microaggressions is something that our teachers and families do year-round—whether they are initiated by thought-provoking literature, a student experience, or a racist incident on the news. But these recent racist incidents have brought new urgency to this work.
Our staff has been offered time and space to reflect, process, and discuss how we can better engage and partner with our communities and increase equity within our own organization—whether that’s reconciling with our own biases or reconsidering our approach to the work that happens in our classrooms. We also seek to make these conversations even more informed and accessible for various audiences.
Whether you’re an educator, manager, parent, caregiver, or student—below, you will find resources (in many cases sourced by our teachers and staff) that will serve as a starting point to these conversations. We hope you find them actionable and useful as we work towards building a more equitable and just world. Have other resources you’d like to share with our community? Call them out in the comments!
Resources for Parents and Caretakers
Resources For Students
Resources For Non-Black Allies
Resources for Educators
Resources for Managers
The image used in this article is by Max Bender.