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.