In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives titled “Celebrating the Self — Honoring Heritage," Aisha Laspina-Rodriguez, Director of Communications, poses important questions while exploring the impact of celebrating and honoring heritage in the classroom and beyond.
Hackley School has begun recruitment for a 12-month Teaching Fellowship, advancing key efforts highlighted in our strategic plan, Redefining Excellence: Learning Beyond Boundaries, and in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. The fellowship—which runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022—pairs Fellows from diverse backgrounds with dedicated mentor teachers on site, promoting growth and cultivating rich learning experiences, and preparing the small cohort to ultimately work in Independent School settings.
On June 22, over 150 parents, guardians, faculty and staff joined in a Community Connections evening presentation led by Dr. Derrick Gay on topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. Although limited by Zoom, the evening was intended as a first session to help lay foundations with our parent and guardian community regarding the challenge of seeing and discussing the ways that race and inclusion play out in our lives and at Hackley.
As the outgoing and incoming Presidents of the Board, we write on behalf of the alumni, current parents, and parents of alumni who comprise Hackley’s Board of Trustees, to acknowledge the work our nation and school must do to fight racial inequity and injustice.
Since sharing this essay on Sunday, May 31 about the killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, I have been a part of several crucial, painful conversations with community members, the overriding theme of which has been to see Hackley move from conversation to action on issues of racism and injustice. I am grateful to those who participated--both students and adults--for the direct nature of these conversations, leading me to insights on ways we can and must do better.
As we approach the end of the 2019-2020 school year, we recognize the unrest happening around the country beyond the challenges of COVID-19. Inspired by Community Council President Taylor Robin, Head of School Michael Wirtz reflects on the current climate and his hopes for a better "new normal" in this Hackley Perspectives piece.