The Social Justice Fund was established in 2019 and is administered by Julian Braxton, Director of Community and Inclusion, to support Winsor’s longstanding and ongoing work in this space.
For over 20 years, guided by our Principles of Equity and Inclusion, Winsor has supported a broad range of efforts, including curriculum and pedagogy development, affinity groups, social justice programs, assembly speakers, and travel to and participation in conferences and workshops, all designed to foster a more inclusive school community and to give students the tools they need to work for change in the world. The Social Justice Fund helps expand Winsor’s programming at a time when anti-racism, equity and social justice work are critical to understanding ourselves and the world in which we live.
Below is a partial list of what the fund (and its precursors) have supported:
40 students and teachers attending a special lecture by Ibram X. Kendi, Founding Director of Boston University Center Center for Antiracist Research
Student attendance at the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference
Faculty and staff attendance at the NAIS People of Color Conferences
Professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
Winsor’s annual MLK Celebration
Bi-annual faculty and staff delegations to the National Museum of African American Culture and History
Ongoing Diversity efforts, including the yearly purchase of essential reading to deepen faculty and staff understanding of issues of racism, bias, and social justice; and to support faculty in initiating difficult conversations and educating students in the classroom
Curriculum and pedagogy workshops and space for innovative design and development
In 2020, Winsor dedicated $1 million from our unrestricted endowment to support The Social Justice Fund and will continue to seek additional funds to support this essential work.