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Message from the Head of the Upper School | Commitment to pluralism discussion

Earlier this week, a portion of the Upper School assembly focused on reiterating our steadfast commitment to pluralism. In particular, I reminded students that incidents of oppression of any type are not tolerated in our community and are in contravention of our values as well as the student pledges that line the walls of the Upper School. During assembly, students also heard about pluralism from a member of our Black Excellence Society, other classmates, Principal Sam McKinney and Ms. Fiona Marshall. 

Today, I would like to share with you a few of the important student pledges that are posted at the Upper School:

  • We are committed to care for each other, to understand and to fight and prevent oppression, racism, homophobia, antisemitism and Islamophobia.
  • We will listen carefully, learn and understand.
  • We will be open to conversation without judgment and learn to lean into discomfort.
  • We will discourage oppression by not laughing at offensive jokes.
  • We will speak up and call out oppressive language, and we will be more mindful of people inside our community and beyond.

I closed my assembly remarks this week with this reminder for students: Pluralism is fundamentally about respect for one another, care and empathy. I know you have these qualities and capabilities within you.”

We will continue to address these important matters in our classrooms, advising and in future assemblies. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Sincerely,

Jeff Aitken
Head of the Upper School