Wildcats for Equity
A Message from
Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Murphy '76
and President Keith Evans
Posted June 24, 2020
Dear Westminster Community,
Thank you to the more than 800 Westminster community members who participated in our series of online conversations over the last two weeks. Your ideas, feedback, and suggestions speak volumes about your desire to work toward helping our school to become a more equitable and inclusive community. In the days surrounding these conversations, we also heard from many Black students, parents, alumni, past parents, faculty, and staff offering insights of their own, often accompanied by painful stories of experiencing racism within our school. Sharing these distressing and heartbreaking stories has required great courage. We have listened and will continue to do so.
Our school community has a challenging journey ahead of us. Our promise is to fully ensure Westminster provides the same powerful experience of belonging for all members of our community. Realizing this potential will require bold imagination and hard work.
We acknowledge that our words will ring hollow without tangible action that brings about change in our school. Black Lives Matter in our world, in America, in Atlanta, and at Westminster. We must resolve to envision the school we can become for every member of our community and the beacon we can be to others in this long overdue transformation.
While this will be a journey for us, we commit to the immediate action steps below, understanding that we still have more to learn and understand. They are the result not only of our own reflection, but also of the contributions of so many members of our community who have offered recommendations. We are grateful for this continuing engagement and know that to be successful we must move forward together.
- To Develop Strong Institutional Leadership we will:
- To Make an Immediate Impact on our Climate and Program we will:
- To Ensure our School Community Reflects our City and Nation we will:
- To Hold Ourselves Accountable to our School Community we will:
- To Ensure Financial Resources are Dedicated to Long-term Change we will:
We also recognize the need to continue the conversation with our whole community and especially with our students whose leadership will be critical to our success. Healing and reconciliation will require an examination of our history and the building of even stronger relationships, person by person, toward the shared goal of preparing each of our students to thrive in our multicultural world. We look forward to the ways these conversations will amplify and add to these initial action steps.
Thank you for your faith in Westminster. The work we have in front of us is worthy of our best efforts, and we are confident that we will rise to meet this challenge together.
Joel Murphy ’76
Chairman, Board of Trustees
The following resources have been curated by Westminster's Equity and Inclusion Team in hopes that they will help our community's ongoing discussions around racial inequity.
We want to hear from you.
Three questions were asked of the 800+ community members who participated in the Community Conversations held in June 2020. We invite you to share your ideas on how we move forward using the form below.