The following message was sent to our school community as we process the Derek Chauvin verdict.
In the wake of Derek Chauvin’s conviction on all counts, we need to acknowledge the enormous pain felt by our communities, especially our black communities, as the murder of George Floyd brought to the forefront the truth of trauma felt by so many, but misunderstood by so many more. To the Floyd family, we send our thoughts and prayers.
As we stumble toward justice, stumble toward peace, and stumble toward building a better world, let’s not lose faith in our capacity to heal, grow, and love. A shared commitment to learn, listen, and educate is an essential vehicle we can employ to affect change in ourselves and our communities. Really, it’s what school is all about, and it’s what we aspire to do in our work with our students and faculty. And a willingness to root our actions in kindness and compassion for one another, regardless of race, religion, or political leaning, can bind our communities together in our common humanity, our common goodness.
As a community, let’s not just stumble forward. Let’s lean in and lift up one another, not just today, but always.
Sean Duncan | Head of School, NYC and Laurie Lambert | Head of School, Massachusetts
For students on the Massachusetts campus:
This evening at 7:00 pm, we are holding a Zoom Community Dialogue to discuss the recent events. Students and faculty received the link earlier today.
The Health Center is a great resource for anyone who is seeking support in this challenging time. Also, faculty, staff, administrators, and proctors are available for help if needed. In case of an emergency, please call the School’s main number at 978-297-1223.
For students on the New York campus:
As was conveyed in Community Meeting on Monday, if any of our students or adult members of our community need support, space, or assistance in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any one on our faculty team.