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Zoom Parent Coffee with HOS Jon Alden

September 14, 2020
By Julie Strickland

As some of you are already aware, several years ago, Springmont formalized our long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) by updating our Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity. Dr. Montessori was a strong proponent of inclusivity and peace education, and her philosophy brings with it great respect for diversity and true celebration of cultural differences. Last year, our faculty and staff invested considerable time and thought in better understanding bias and inequity and in seeking ways to increase inclusion and justice on campus and in our personal lives. This included not only readings and workshops but also self-reflection and courageous conversations. Springmont continues to stand against intolerance and bigotry of any kind and is committed to making sure our students hear age-appropriate messages that exemplify our commitment to becoming an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) community. To expand our dialogue about diversity, equity and inclusion to include our parent community, all parents are invited to join Head of School Jon Alden for a Parent Coffee on Zoom this Friday, September 18, beginning at 9 a.m.  We look forward to an open, honest conversation about these topics so hugely important to our children’s education and future and to discussing Springmont’s role in helping to eliminate systemic racial inequities and injustices worldwide.

In preparation for Friday's discussion, this week's Pulse Survey contains two questions related to this topic.  All parents are encouraged to share their perspectives and thoughts, regardless of whether you plan to attend the Zoom Parent Coffee. The survey will remain open until September 18 at 3 p.m. 

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