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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 have created cross-departmental subcommittees within our Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) to review and make recommendations around curriculum, student support, professional development, family outreach, alumni outreach, global citizenship, and recruitment. The DLC has also recently appointed two new co-chairs to help facilitate the work of the committees.
  • We underwent an extensive search for our new Director of Equity and Inclusion and are excited to welcome Loraine Snead to our community in this role. Loraine's training and experience as a SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Leader with the venerable Peggy McIntosh has informed her leadership and integration of equity, inclusion, and social justice endeavors as teacher and leader in schools.
  • We are developing a more robust affinity program for all faculty and students on campus.
  • We have established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion designation under the Fund for Tabor to provide opportunity for direct support of initiatives pertaining to this work.
  • We have required all faculty to read Stamped this summer and will engage in conversations around questions such as the following during opening meetings: Consider the relationship between racist polices and racist ideas, and how this relationship influences education?
  • We have conducted extensive exit interviews with all our departing faculty of color to gather information about and how best to improve upon their own experiences within our community. 
  • The Alumni Relations Office of Advancement has hosted affinity Zoom calls for alumni of color as well as Zoom meetings for white allies. 
  • The Leadership Team, Deans Office and Academic Council participated in a workshop with Lawrence Alexander, Lead Consultant for DEI at Carney, Sandoe & Associates, titled "Guiding the Way to Inclusivity."
  • During this upcoming fall, our Saturday programming will focus on the theme of Belonging. Students, faculty and staff will have opportunity to share their stories, engage in empathy interviews, and discuss issues around race and belonging at Tabor.
  • We commit to increasing the number of faculty of color and will cast a broader net by posting to job boards at colleges and universities, as well as the HBCU Career Center.
  • We will schedule a diversity climate assessment for spring or fall 2021 (dependent upon our students and faculty being back here on campus) as a follow up to our 2013 review by Christine Savini of Diversity Directions.
  • The Admissions and Deans Offices, in conjunction with some of our current students of color, are developing an orientation program for incoming students of color to be implemented this fall.
  • The faculty and staff have engaged in a summer discussion group centered on anti-racist literature and documentaries. 
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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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