Dear Gilman Family,
Headlines this week have highlighted some very disturbing trends nationwide in violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community over the last year. Silence in the face of such horrific acts speaks loudly, and as a Gilman community, we have pledged to stand against such hateful actions and in support of our brothers and sisters. We want to take this time to acknowledge the hurt, fear, and pain felt in the AAPI community at Gilman and in our country: We stand in solidarity with you against bigotry, hate, and racism.
This moment provides an important opportunity to reaffirm that our commitment to be an inclusive and equitable community extends to all of us. We will continue to strive to be a school that at once opposes the narrow-mindedness and hate that tear down individuals and communities and, at the same time, supports the open-mindedness and empathy that allow all of us to be our best selves, individually and collectively. Over the last year, we have worked to increase the involvement of our students and families who identify as AAPI in our CIE efforts. Our Gilman family is strengthened by their contributions to school life, and we will continue to affirm their presence.
Please know that our school counselors are a resource for you and your son, should you need guidance or support. If you are looking for online resources that may help you process these events and/or talk to your children about these difficult topics of hate and violence, we offer the following:
- From the Children’s Institute: Talking to Children and Youth About Racism and Associated Violence
- NBC News: Anti-Racism Resources to Support AAPI Community
- Stop AAPI Hate
- TIME: How to Help Combat Anti-Asian Violence
While this is not a comprehensive list, we do hope that you find these links helpful.
We look forward to seeing the boys virtually next week and when we return to campus the week of March 29. In the meantime, please continue to be well.
Henry P. A. Smyth
In Tuo Lumine Lumen
Johnnie L. Foreman, Jr.
Director of Community, Inclusion, and Equity