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Equity and Inclusion

Creating an Anti-Bias Learning Community

Our Pledge

To all students who have experienced discrimination, past and present: We see you. We hear you. We value you and stand with you. Hearing our students' and alums' calls for change, we commit to doing better. We will not remain silent in our words or our actions. All students deserve a school that prioritizes an anti-bias learning community based on equity, inclusion, and justice. 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 alums.  
 
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 develop greater cultural competency, opportunity, awareness, and capacity among our community members to better serve our students and, by extension, our entire community.

Some immediate actions we are taking:
  • 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 have informed her leadership and integration of equity, inclusion, and social justice endeavors as a teacher and leader in schools.
  • We are conducting an extensive Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism, coordinated by NAIS, in order to inform our current and future initiatives, policies, and practices. 
  • 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 an opportunity for direct support of initiatives pertaining to this work.
  • We are providing opportunities for all Faculty/Staff to engage in professional development work and conversations around questions such as the following during opening meetings: Consider the relationship between racist policies and racist ideas, and how this relationship influences education?
  • We will conduct extensive exit interviews with all our departing faculty of color to gather information about how best to improve upon their own experiences within our community. 
  • 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."
  • We have implemented Saturday programming that focuses on the theme of Inclusion. Students, faculty, and staff had the 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 have implemented, in conjunction with our current students, a targeted orientation program for incoming students of color.
  • The faculty and staff will engage in a summer discussion group centered on anti-racist and anti-bias literature and documentaries. 
  • We will review and make recommendations around curriculum, student support, professional development, family outreach, alum outreach, global citizenship, and recruitment. 
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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. 
 
Alums, 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.
 

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