CLWS stands in solidarity with protesters across the globe in their fight for justice. We are fully committed to racial justice and equity in education. Black Lives Matter.
While we have at various moments in our school’s history recognized the need to implement plans and advance strategies to work towards racial justice and educational equity in our community, we’ve oftentimes moved much too slowly and without a sense of urgency. We recognize these shortcomings. We have to come to terms with our own inaction, privilege and bias to do the necessary work of challenging school norms. This process requires that we transform ourselves, our school structures, and our curriculum—to ensure that we are not complicit in upholding racism and that we are actively engaged in the process of antiracism. And that begins by examining our role in perpetuating racial injustice and by implementing real systemic change.
Our Board of Trustees and College of Teachers, led by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee are working on an Anti-Racist Action Plan. Together we will formulate steps that we will take over the course of the coming school year to transform our curriculum, our hiring and enrollment practices, and the cultural norms of our school traditions. While this list is not exhaustive, it reflects a number of steps we believe are necessary to truly bring about substantive and meaningful change. It is our hope to share this plan with you before the beginning of the school year.
City of Lakes Waldorf School has the capacity to make the changes necessary. To our families and students of color, the time for change is well overdue. But we are committed to ensuring this school is a place of equity and inclusion for all. It is with your support and commitment that we will see this change through.