Maret Anti-Racism Initiative
We continue to see devastating news reports about horrific, racist attacks against African Americans. We know that for every action reported in the news, countless other incidents of racism occur daily. In the midst of a pandemic that has had a disproportionately damaging impact on communities of color, our collective heart breaks for the lives lost and for the widespread compounding trauma felt by so many. It is, therefore, more important than ever that we continue to combat bigotry, racism, and hatred toward our fellow human beings.
MARET'S ANTI-RACISM TASK FORCE
Maret is committed to continue building a truly equitable and inclusive community. Events across the country, as well as the stories shared on @BlackatMaret and within our own community, call us to set a higher standard of inclusion and engagement. This is a time of meaningful and ongoing reflection for all of us—the school leadership, faculty, students, and whole community. We must listen and do more to fight institutional racism at Maret; we must examine our practices, policies and protocols to ensure equitable experiences for all.
In addition to the standing Committee on Equity and Inclusion and the Board of Trustees' Committee on Education and Equity, the School convened a joint Board and faculty Anti-Racism Task Force in June 2020. The Task Force worked through February 2021, sharing a report with the Faculty and Board in February and with the wider community in March.
Report Recommendation Summary
Through our listening groups, survey, and @blackatmaret, we heard the call for immediate and real action; in conjunction with SF-CESS, we have identified the areas where work needs to take place. Many of the plans we have going forward will take time to allow for proper training and protocols to ensure we do this work right and in a manner that is lasting. Actions on other recommendations will begin in the next few weeks while some changes are underway already. Making these plans optimal and bias-free will be an ongoing and continuous process, as we are constantly fighting the biases we all bring to the common space of Maret.
Anti Racism Task Force
Ian Cameron, Chair
(President of the Board of Trustees)
Courtney Cothran-Fenner, Chair*
(Director of Equity and Inclusion)
(Assistant Director of US)
(Director of College Counseling)
(Director of Community Engagement)
(MPA Executive Committee)
Marjo Talbott, Ex Officio*
(Head of School)
* member of the Committee on Equity and Inclusion
Task Force Consultants
Greg Peters and Camilla Greene, of the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools (SF-CESS), are well-known consultants who work with many schools to combat racism, prejudice, and hatred. Roughly a decade ago, they, along with Eliza Alexander and Holly Hinderlie, helped Maret create and facilitate Deepening the Discussion about Race, our week-long annual faculty training.
Messages to Our Community
The strength of Maret lies in our commitment to building a community that is equitable and inclusive. Together and connected, we will uphold our Core Value of Respect for all in the community. Below are resources to help us all honor each other's humanity by taking actionable steps toward building an anti-racist community.