Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation
As a Quaker school, education at NGFS is grounded in mutual respect and the belief in equality but time and time again, our students, staff, and families have seen the grave disparity between the notion of liberty and justice for all and the reality of pervasive inequality and racism in our nation.
Our obligation to both support our students and teach them to strive for justice and peace has never been so urgent. If we were physically in school, our caring faculty would be engaging students in dialogue and giving them many opportunities to express the confluence of thoughts and emotions that might be swirling about their heads and hearts. We would be asking them to consider how they could not only use their voices but how they could listen more deeply, even when listening may be difficult. We would be asking them to consider if they are standing by instead of standing up.
As we continue to make preparations to begin a school year that follows a difficult period in the life of our families, our city, and our nation, we must also be cognizant that many of our citizens are systemically denied health, safety, dignity, opportunity, and equitable treatment under the law.
Our theme for the year is Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation. This summer we have, and will continue to throughout the year, provided opportunities for our community to come together, discuss, reflect, and learn from one another. Our school has much work to do, much to learn, and many ways we can grow as an institution and as individuals as we strive to combat racism effectively and to create an antiracist campus culture.
Community Building and Perspective Sharing Session With NCCJ (forum open to all NGFS families)
Staff Forum with Jada Drew (Jada is the principal and founder of Social Designs)
Online Student Forums (by grade level)
- Student Forum for rising ACG, Sunrise, Rainbow, and Horizon (PS-4th grade) students and parents
Our Head of Lower School read the book “Why Are They Kneeling?” Students then discussed any questions they had and some of the courageous ways they thought they will change the world? The group did some collaborative artwork about symbols for kindness, love, friendship, and being an ally.
- Student Forum for rising Galaxy and Middle School (5-8th grade) students
- Student Forum for rising Upper School (9-12th grade) students
These groups both watched a short film entitled "The History of White People in America" by Pierce Freelon which explores the history of implementation of race. A follow-up conversation was facilitated by faculty members and students were able to share their voices and feelings in a safe space.
Community Meeting for Worship
A list of anti-racism resources has also been compiled for NGFS families: books by age group, videos, and organizations. View it here. We encourage you to support your local bookstores!