On March 18, 2021, Head of School Sam Houser shared the following message with the George School students, faculty, and staff:
George School stands in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities.
Considering the recent shootings in Atlanta and nearly 3,800 hate crimes against Asians that have been documented in the United States just this past year alone, it is strikingly clear that violence, hate speech, bias, verbal harassment, shunning, and discrimination are making many in our community and around the country unsafe. There have been attacks on women, the elderly, and often the most vulnerable as some Americans have blamed Asians for the coronavirus.
In meeting for worship yesterday, our query encouraged us to consider ways we as a community—individually and collectively—can stop violence and hate in our school and around the world. We will do well to carry this query in our hearts and minds from the sacred, reflective space of meeting for worship into the world.
At George School we ask one another to respect the uniqueness of the diverse individuals that make up our community, to think critically, to ask questions, and to be empathetic. We are an interdependent community, and we need to be able to have honest conversations with one another. Authentic connection and inclusion can only happen if everyone feels safe enough to be their true selves.
On the evening of Monday, March 22, Rachel Agosto, our director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, will hold a community space for listening, reflection, and sharing. A Zoom invitation will be sent out shortly.
In the meantime, students who feel the need to share something on their minds should please reach out to Rachel Agosto, Caroline Bruss, your advisor, or one of the Deans.