Our world, our nation, and our communities are calling for action in the face of injustice.

As an anti-racist institution, Winsor has always strived to create an environment of respect and inclusion, to honor the dignity and humanity of every individual, and to teach those values. Now is a time of deep reflection for Winsor’s leadership, faculty, and community members, especially where we have missed the mark.  And in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “the fierce urgency of now” requires us to listen - and to lead. 

It has been powerful to see so many Winsor students and alumnae “take a stand” and shine a light on their experiences in our community. Their voices have underscored that we must do better, and the feedback has opened the door for much needed discussion and a deeper level of engagement.  

Renewal, intentionality, accountability, and action are all part of the roadmap moving forward. We will continue to support our affinity and community building groups and engage in conversation and calls to action to bring about change. We will ensure that every voice is heard, that stories can be told openly, and that the resources already in place at Winsor are known and accessed. And as we embark on our next steps in our ongoing work for anti-racism and social justice, we will be guided by our core principles, and will continue to share information and resources.  We thank you for partnering with us in the essential work ahead.

Read the May 31 letter from Head of School Sarah Pelmas to our Winsor community, the June 5 letter from Sarah Pelmas and Director of Community and Inclusion Julian Braxton, and the June 29 letter from Julian Braxton.

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  • The Equity Task Force

    In November 2020, Winsor formed the Equity Task Force to review and propose strategic initiatives that support the goals of Winsor's Strategic Vision. If you would like to learn more, please email equity.taskforce@winsor.edu with any questions, comments, and/or suggestions.

    Rachel Casseus '02, Trustee, Chair of the Equity Task Force
    John Barker P '21 and '23, Trustee
    Julian Braxton, Director of Community and Inclusion
    Sally Hatcher, World Languages faculty member
    Maren Kelsey, English faculty member
    Joo Kim, P '20 and '23, former Parents Association Co-Chair (2017-2019)
    Kendall LaSane '05
    Mallika Marshall P '26, Trustee
    Audra McFarland, Director of Admission and Financial Aid
    Allison Pellegrino '89, P '21 and '22, President of the Corporation
    Sarah Pelmas, Head of School and O’Donnell Family Chair
    Perry Traquina P '09 and '13, Trustee

Our Alumnae Lead the Way

Caption: Karilyn Crockett '91 addresses over 200 members of the Winsor community who braved frigid temperatures and icy conditions to gather in the Winsor dining hall for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Monday, January 22, 2019. 

When it comes to equity, justice and inclusion, Winsor alumnae know they can - and must - change the world. 

Karilyn Crockett '91: On June 29, 2020, Karilyn Crockett '91 was appointed Boston's new Chief Equity Officer, heading the city's new Equity and Inclusion Office. View the Boston Globe coverage of Karilyn's appointment and her powerful acceptance speech.


Our Community Speaks

Members of our community continue to raise their voices in the fight for justice. Below is a collection of writings and remarks, which we will continue to update.

Hailey Fuchs '16: Article in the June 23, 2020 edition of The New York Times: Qualified Immunity Protection for Police Emerges as Flash Point Amid Protests
 
Dr. Angela Coombs '06Letter to the editor in The New York Times:

Tiffany Warren ‘92: Livestream on accelerating equal opportunity in advertising on the Ad Age website. Watch a recording of the livestream which aired on June 8, 2020.
 
Rev. Mariama White-Hammond '96pastor at the New Roots AME Church in Dorchester: Spoke on WBUR along with Segun Idowu, the Executive Director at the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts. Listen to the segment, which aired on June 2, 2020.

Our Community Engages

Winsor continually welcomes leaders, experts and educators to share their insights at assemblies and in the classroom. Below is a sample of influential and engaging speakers who addressed our community on the subject of equity, inclusion and social justice.

Anti-Racism and Social Justice Resources

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  • Books

    Winsor has a long history of a faculty and staff summer reading on equity, inclusion and social justice.  This year, faculty will select a book of their choice from Ibram X. Kendi’s Anti-Racist Reading List to read and discuss in the fall. 

    Following are two books our faculty and staff have read, discussed and recommend: 
    • The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh
    • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

    Summer Reading at Winsor

    • 2020: Individual choice from Ibram X. Kendi’s Anti-Racist Reading List
    • 2019: Dolly Chugh, The Person You Mean to Be
    • 2019: Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
    • 2018: Angie Thomas, The Hate You Give
    • 2018: Gish Jen, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture
    • 2017: Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
    • 2016: Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
    • 2015: Claude M. Steele, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
    • 2014: Independent School Magazine, Summer 2014, Thinking About Difference: The Professional Approach to Diversity in Schools
    • 2013: Kenji Yoshino, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
  • Podcasts

    • Come Through with Rebecca Carroll15 essential conversations about race in a pivotal year for America.
    • Pod Save the People with DeRayOn Pod Save the People, DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics.  The podcast offers a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.
    • Code Switch. Hosted by journalists of color, this podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. It explores how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. 
  • Opinion

    History faculty and Winsor’s Director of Community and Inclusion Julian Braxton has always urged his students to “take a stand” and raise their voices on the issues of the day. He models that behavior for his students by regularly contributing letters to the editor.  Following are a few most relevant to the issues we face as a nation today: 

  • Take Action, Make Change

    Following are some ways that you can take action to help bring about change. 

    Add your name to a petiton.

    Write to you local and elected officals and let your voice be heard.

    Donate
    • Donate to organizations that combat racism.
    • Donate to Winsor's Equity and Inclusion Social Justice Fund, established in 2019 to support longstanding and continued efforts to teach, engage, and support anti-racism, understanding of unconscious bias, and social justice work at Winsor. The Fund supports programs, pedagogy and curriculum development, professional development, and more, to address issues of social justice, community inclusion and a deeper understanding of race and privilege.