September 2, 2020
- Re-examine our disciplinary procedures and policies.
- Develop, communicate, and implement school policies and practices that affirm and protect underrepresented identities.
- Continue educational programming and professional development for Board members and school leadership so they can better integrate diverse, equitable, inclusive and antiracist principles into decision making and governance.
- Create a strategic plan for racial equity, in order to combat anti-Blackness and white supremacy, change power dynamics, minimize microaggressions, and eliminate macroaggressions.
- Adopt an antiracism statement in addition to a nondiscrimination and diversity statement as part of the larger racial equity strategic plan.
- Promote empathy and understanding by developing programs, practices and systems to help community members understand the complex interdependence of racism, privilege, and economic systems of oppression in the ongoing history of our institutions.
- Hold all community stakeholders accountable for diversity, equity, and inclusion growth and performance within employee and program evaluation systems.
- Collaborate closely among and between school leadership and the Equity and Social Justice Committee in order to identify inequities across campus and determine a pathway for our work going forward.
- Over 30 members of Watkinson’s faculty and staff took part in a Whiteness at Work training, led by Desiree Adaway. Beyond that, 10 members of our faculty and senior leadership were able to enroll in the entire Whiteness at Work Summer Series. If you would like to learn more about this work, you can find more information here.
- Two members of the school’s Senior Leadership completed an intensive set of coursework to earn a Graduate Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion through Cornell University.
- A group of faculty members read, worked through, and collectively processed Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad, and that book, as well as the work it entails, will be required reading for all members of the Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Committee and ESJ Liaisons moving forward.
- Two academic leaders created a new curriculum for the History department and Global Studies Program that focuses on the intersection of voting and human rights, focusing on events that expanded voting rights for some while disenfranchising others, most notably Black Americans. Additionally, two middle school teachers created an interdisciplinary humanities unit that will connect the history of the Civil Rights Era with the issues and movements of today.
- Through our relationship with the SPHERE schools, several white students participated in a series of workshops called “Whiteness, Privilege, & Allyship” with other white students from the greater Hartford area.
- We entered into important work with NEPSAC coaches in order to establish an Anti-Racism Statement and create a Student-Athlete Council that will begin its work in September.
- Board leadership has initiated a conversation with a local training organization regarding educational programming and professional development for Board members so they can better integrate diverse, equitable, inclusive, and antiracist principles into decision making, board cultivation, and governance.
Head of School
President, Board of Trustees