Dear AWSNA Community Members,
We write 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 both peaceful protests and rioting spurred by the murder of George Floyd. We grieve for the family of George Floyd and are outraged by the unjust acts perpetrated by the police officers involved 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 social renewal. As Waldorf educators we hold the dignity of life and the human being at the center of our work. It is our responsibility to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to elevate the voices of marginalized people, to change the course of inequities, and to break down structural prejudice in all forms where it exists, particularly in Waldorf education.
Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is one of the guiding forces behind AWSNA’s strategic priorities, and as an executive team of AWSNA we are 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 color?
Where are the possibilities for me to prioritize racial justice in my work to further Waldorf education?
We ask you to join us in exploring these questions and in elevating your own commitment to social justice.
- Public Policy
- Waldorf Education