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EWSD Statement on Ensuring Equity

June 1, 2020

Dear EWSD Community, 

 

The Essex Westford School District is dedicated to ensuring equity for all students and is striving toward being an anti-racist organization. We believe strongly in racial equity work across the District as a part of this goal by ensuring people of color, especially students, have a seat at the table in decision making and by recognizing our own need for learning and growth for white people in the organization. 

 

The full leadership team across our District supports the concepts of ridding our system of inequities associated with race, gender, language diversity, socioeconomic status, and other forms of marginalization. 

 

It is with this in mind that we speak in a unified voice to denounce racism of any kind. Given the recent and ongoing events in our country evidenced in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. and many others before him, as well as the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on people of color, it is important to reiterate that the EWSD is dedicated to making visible the harm done by racism at an individual level and systemically across institutions and redressing those harms. We are dedicated to developing and sustaining a culture free from bias and inequity.

 

As a reminder, the EWSD is working toward equity literacy as outlined by Paul Gorski of the Equity Literacy Institute. A definition can be found here. We also wanted to pass along a short video from Proctor and Gamble that shares why this work is so critical.  

 

Our belief in the value and advancement of all people is at the center of our vision: Growing hearts and minds, for a better today and tomorrow: every day, every way, everyone.

 

-The EWSD Leadership Team