Standing in Solidarity with the AAPI Community

Dear Archer Community,

Throughout the past year, we have watched as racism and xenophobia fanned the flames of anti-Asian sentiment and attacks. The events of this week have focused our attention on the reality of this escalation. What saddens us as a community is that we know it didn’t have to come to this. These attacks are the result of deeply rooted bigotry that we all are working to acknowledge and heal within our society. We as individuals have the collective power to change this narrative.
recent national report released by Stop AAPI Hate, a collaborative initiative created in response to the escalation of racism and xenophobia targeted at the AAPI community, cites California as the state with the most reported incidents. This is not the society we want to be and contradicts the substantial contributions the AAPI community has made to the ongoing civil rights movement. This data point reminds us that our community must continue to take an active stance in combating hatred and bigotry. The Archer School for Girls stands in fervent solidarity with the AAPI community and is committed to fighting mindsets and beliefs that perpetuate racism.

As an institution, our mission calls us to inspire girls to become confident, ethical leaders who create change in their communities. In our efforts to build an inclusive community, faculty members have been holding discussions with students, and we look forward to launching our DEI strategic planning process this spring. Additionally, faculty advisors will be facilitating an affinity space in partnership with Asian Pacific Student Union leaders next Monday at lunch. We will continue to create and hold space for those students and families who feel particularly vulnerable at this time.

Our efforts to dismantle institutional and structural inequity require that we work collaboratively and inclusively across lines of difference to build the world we want to see. To support families in having these discussions, we invite you to tap into the resources below to learn more and engage at home. We are committed to our ongoing work to empower the kind of leaders who will transform our society.

In partnership,
Elizabeth English
Head of School

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