Messages To Our Community
A Message From Keith Evans, President October 15, 2020
Dear Westminster Community,
We began the 2020-21 school year with renewed determination to create a school community that offers all members, of all identities and backgrounds, a powerful sense of belonging. The courageous voices of students, parents, and alumni that we heard over the summer—and continue to hear—serve as a call to action to fight racism and discrimination whether on our campus or in our nation. This imperative became only more resonant, more urgent, and more inspiring as summer turned to fall and we reunited our campus community after a long hiatus. It is a calling that belongs to us all and as it lives in our hearts and minds, we are taking longer, faster strides on a journey that we began years ago.
The update below provides an interim progress report of our community's ongoing work. This report was promised in a June message from Board Chair Joel Murphy and me where we provided details about the initial action steps we would take toward more fully realizing the promise of Westminster for all members of our community. It reflects the efforts of a wide range of trustees, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students, each of whom has engaged in this important work with clear purpose and abiding love for the Westminster community.
This update does not reflect any sense of finality or make any claim of ultimate success. We know that creating a more equitable and inclusive community is a long-term commitment that will, in time, make Westminster a more powerful force for good in the world. It is offered with humility, recognizing that we have a lot to learn. We seek nothing short of a transformation in our school culture that will deepen our mutual respect and elevate our understanding of ourselves and others. This interim report describes important but early steps toward that destination.
On a note of gratitude: First, thank you to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion coordinators and their colleagues on the faculty and staff who have provided thoughtful leadership in our campus community. To the many students, parents, and alumni who have either answered the call to help or taken the initiative themselves, thank you. Likewise, thank you to our Board of Trustees and Leadership Team whose strategic guidance and unwavering support will continue to make a critical difference for Westminster.
Finally, I am grateful for the heartfelt words of encouragement and counsel that have come from every corner of the Westminster community. While we will not always agree, adopt the right pace for change, or avoid mistakes that feel like obstacles to our progress, we are in this quest for a more just community together and that makes all the difference.
- Letter from Keith Evans, President (May 31, 2020)
- Letter from Keith Evans, President (June 6, 2020)
- A Recap of Our Community Conversations (June 18, 2020)
- A Message from Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Murphy '76 and President Keith Evans (June 24, 2020)
- An Update on Westminster's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (September 1, 2020)