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Creating an Anti-Racist Learning Community

Our Pledge

To our Black students, and all of our students of color, past and present:  We see you. We hear you. We value you and stand with you. Hearing our students' and alumni calls for change, we commit to doing better.  We will not remain silent in our words or our actions. Our Black students deserve a school that prioritizes an anti-racist learning community based on equity, inclusion, and belonging. As we work, we will share our plans and progress and look forward to listening to, and learning from our entire community: our students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni.  
 
It is our duty and our intention to open our minds and our hearts to difficult feedback, and to recognize and name those policies, structures, attitudes, and behaviors that - intentionally or unintentionally - perpetuate systems of racism and oppression.  With that in mind, we commit ourselves to developing greater cultural competency, opportunity, awareness, and capacity among our community members to better serve our students of color, and by extension, our entire community.

Some immediate actions we are taking:
  • We are in an active hiring process for a Director of Equity and Inclusion to continue the work most recently led by Kimberlee Williams and Albert Nascimento, and Anika Walker-Johnson and Mel Bride before them.
  • We are committed to making Anti-racist work the primary focus for faculty professional development for 2020-21 and will continue that work in the years that follow.
  • We are committed to examining our hiring practices and reinvesting in our efforts to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse faculty.
  • We will continue, through the summer, to provide our current students access to The Debrief: a forum where they can gather virtually and discuss these and other issues on their minds.
  • A formal dialogue with our alumni of color has already begun through an Alumni Affinity space/Debrief. The dialogue will continue throughout the summer. Contact Christian Garris '05 to learn more.
  • The Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) is meeting with recent alumni to review the Diversity Climate Assessment of 2013 and will make recommendations to the school for action steps. (see members on this page)
  • The DLC will include student voices beginning in 2020-21 to incorporate their voices in our dialogue about how to do this important work. 
  • Our faculty has started a summer anti-racist reading and discussion group. 
 
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We invite our community to join us in learning and growing together through reading, watching, studying, exploring, and, most importantly, engaging in active, intentionally inclusive, and anti-oppressive practices in order to grow into the people and school we aspire to be in our diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. 
 
Alumni, faculty, students, and families we invite you to join us.
 

Resources

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Thank you to Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein for compiling these resources.

Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

To cultivate and sustain a more diverse and inclusive community, Tabor Academy recognizes that our success as a 21st century school is embedded in a genuine understanding of how the components of diversity reflect the core values of our mission, which is rooted in compassion, respect, trust, honesty, and personal responsibility.
 
Diversity at Tabor encompasses race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, religion, intellectual and physical ability, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, family structure, language, and geographic place of origin. We recognize that the establishment of policies, practices, and programs that support the interconnectedness of these cultural identifiers and further develop the cultural competency of our community’s members will allow for true dialogue and collaboration within our school and with local, regional, national, and international communities.
 
To that end, we commit ourselves to being a community in which all members have voice, are given respect, and see their identities reflected and affirmed in the curriculum, co-curriculum, and physical and virtual environments of the school.
 

Faculty Members of the Diversity Leadership Council

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Tabor Norms

  • Speak from the “I” perspective and take risks!
  • Listen, share, and engage with positive intent.
  • Be willing to surface and explore subconscious beliefs and values.
  • Respect the personal opinions, experiences, and worldview of others while being okay with disagreement.
  • Be willing to think about issues and situations from a new/different/expanded perspective.
As the Diversity Leadership Council leads groups or engages in dialogue, we offer these norms to participants. They have been helpful to us and we hope they might help you as you lead groups or discussions among your friends.

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