We send this email today acknowledging societal injustice and the resulting anger that has escalated throughout the United States this past week. We offer our thoughts to the communities of City of Lakes Waldorf School and Minnesota Waldorf School, so near the epicenter of the protests spurred by the murder of George Floyd. We grieve for the family of George Floyd and are outraged by the unjust acts perpetrated by police officers whose very task it is to protect their communities. We are once again reminded of the systemic racism that exists within the United States.
Yet we recognize that sadness and outrage are not enough. At the foundation of Waldorf education lies the mission of social renewal. We wanted to remind you of the AWSNA Member Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), adopted by the delegates in June 2019. In approving this commitment statement, the Association and member schools and institutes agreed to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion. As such, advancing DEI is one of the guiding forces behind AWSNA’s strategic priorities. The AWSNA executive team is spending more time than ever asking the following questions:
How do I participate, consciously or unconsciously, in systemic racism?
What meaningful actions will I take in service to the leadership and agency of people of colour?
Where are the possibilities for me to prioritize racial justice in my work to further Waldorf education?
We invite you to join us in exploring these questions and in elevating your school's commitment to social justice initiatives.
We hope you find the following to be helpful:
Blessings on your work,
Beverly Amico, Stephanie Rynas, and Melanie Reiser
Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
AWSNA Member Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion