Dear OCSU Community,
Like many across our country, we are saddened by the events surrounding George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as the ongoing clashes between protestors and law enforcement in cities and states around the country. Many of us are asking just how we got to this moment in American history. Regardless of how we arrived here, we cannot tolerate acts of violence and oppression. As education professionals, we are charged with ensuring that students in Orleans Central Supervisory Union have choices for success throughout their lives. The heart of our mission focuses on equity, which includes racial and social justice.
Our society cannot ignore the implicit and explicit biases that have existed for generations of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in this country. As a faculty, staff, and community, we must make a concerted effort to address the inequities that exist in our education systems. While our leadership team has been working to address issues that focus on race, gender, class, and socioeconomic disparities, as well as other forms of marginalization, in this historical moment, we need a laser-like focus on the 400 year history of racial oppression which is a disgrace to a nation that aspires to greatness.
As educators, we have an amazing opportunity to shape the way our students view and perceive the world around them. It is important for us to teach compassion and empathy while recognizing that we have a diverse world that is worth exploring and celebrating. By doing so, we will produce citizens that will contribute to the enhancement of community life compared to those who seek to strip it down.
We will continue to promote equitable opportunities for all students and are committed to making the world a better place. This will be accomplished through productive dialogue, and by continuing to provide staff with professional learning opportunities that focus on constructive conversations and opportunities to implement curriculum, teaching, and learning strategies that are well rounded and representative of the world’s diversity.
Here in OCSU we believe education is the engine of equity, and we commit ourselves to stamping out racial injustice. Whether we face overt racism or quiet, subtle racial injustice, now is the time.
- The Orleans Central Supervisory Union Leadership Team
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