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How Can Independent Schools Address Racism?

By Net Assets posted 06-02-2020 10:00 AM


(from the Independent) Not only across the U.S. but across the world, protests have erupted in the wake of Minnesotan George Floyd's death by a police officer, calling attention to racism and inequities in society. Many of those who are in positions of power attended independent schools, and independent schools are in a position to make a change today and in coming generations. How might independent schools begin to intervene? 

  • Introduce unconscious bias training as standard for all staff as well as providing workshops for students across year groups.
  • Talk to your black students about their experiences, take the time to understand what they are going through and listen to their recommendations.
  • Hire a workforce that accurately represents your communities. Review the hiring process and commit to becoming equal opportunity employers.
  • Adopt a clear racial code of conduct, with appropriate punishments included. Commit to following through with these punishments when required.
  • Make a tangible commitment to diversifying curriculum.

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