July 31, 2020:
The committee has begun the compilation of a list of Resources for Parents as well as Racism 101 Self Development Resources for All. The plan is for this list to be a dynamic support for our community in its anti-racist efforts - it will be updated over time.
Our community will join together for this summer series every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. beginning July 7th and ending August 25th. We hope you will join us every week as we learn about and discuss these longstanding issues. Read an introductory letter from Jennifer Page, Faculty Chair & Head of School.
July sessions will focus on building foundational knowledge.
|July 7||Racism 101 Teach-in with Dr. Irene Calis, Katea Stitt, and Dawn Tanner|
|July 14||Policing, Mass Incarceration, and White Supremacy with Dr. Orisanmi Burton, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at American University and 2020-2021 Fellow at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University|
|July 21||Black Lives Matter: BLM leaders speak about the movement|
|July 28||Book Conversation: So You Want to Talk About Race|
August sessions aim to support our anti-racist practices.
|Aug 4||What Does it Mean to be a Partner to Social Justice Struggles?|
|Aug 11||Anti-Racist Practice is Intersectional: Seeing & Working Across Struggles|
|Aug 18||Book Conversation on Ibram X. Kendi's How to be an Anti-Racist|
Anti-racism Statement & Resources From the Committee 6.7.20
The WWS Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice joins with protesters across the world demanding an end to systemic anti-Black racism and the murder of Black people in the hands of the police. Our Committee’s mission weighs heavily in this moment. We remain committed to the important work of lifting up marginalized voices. This work rests on undoing the many ways in which whiteness is privileged in our society — whiteness, as James Baldwin noted, being a metaphor for power, for who and what is deemed to hold worth, and hence influence, for whose lives, histories, and experiences are prioritized, seen, and heard.
We ask our community to join in these efforts as we continue next year creating spaces to deepen our own learning and in advocating for institutional transformation around equity and social justice at WWS. A hub for social justice resources will soon be available here. In this moment as we stand with Black Lives Matter, we offer here these supportive tools in the ongoing critical work of anti-racist practice:
- Taking about Race, a new portal offered through the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice, The Justice Initiative
- An open letter to my nonblack friends: My life matters more than your comfort, Washington Post, June 3rd
- Interactive Webinar for Anti-Racist White People, offered in July by Raising Race Conscious Children. Register
- Listen to Ibram X. Kendi, on how to be an Anti-Racist
- Listen to Seeing White podcast series
- Read Q&A: How to Talk to Kids About Black Lives and Police Violence
- What I Learned as a Young Black Political Speaker in Liberal White Austin from Texas Monthly
Mission Statement of the Committee
The Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice is a working group comprised of parents and faculty that seeks to be an engine of meaningful transformation in critical areas of diversity and social justice at the Washington Waldorf School. Our belief is that the holistic and dynamic nature of Waldorf education’s living curriculum and the Washington Waldorf School’s location in metropolitan DC uniquely positions our school to make a lasting and substantive impact on thinking and action. This begins with re-imagining diversity as a living mosaic in which difference is both honored and represented in our curriculum, student body, and faculty.
We aim to raise awareness and provide critical forums for engagement, and are committed to being a voice for marginalized and underrepresented communities. This includes intentionally building understanding of one another through meaningful dialogue within our own community. We seek to acknowledge and celebrate the existing diversity within our school, while striving to better mirror the rich lifeways of the world in which we live. In doing so, we hope that our children may then see themselves reflected in their peers and role models. We commit to supporting our school in being a place where everyone is valued and welcomed.
What is the difference between the Diversity Committee and the Steering Committee?
The Diversity Committee (DC), is a compiled of a large group of parents and faculty who have an interest in Social Justice and Diversity in both the Washington Metropolitan area and at WWS. The Steering Committee (SC), is a sub-committee of the DC where much of the planning and details of the events (morning coffees, parent night speakers/facilitators, etc.), is done.
Steering Committee Members:
Clare Andre (faculty)
Christen Leonard (faculty)
Jennifer Page (faculty)
Eron Picus (faculty)
Dawn Tanner (faculty)