Dear Masconomet Community,
The murder of eight people in Georgia last week, six of whom were of Asian descent, and the overall rise of incidents of hate against members of our American Asian Pacific Islander (AAPI) community over the past year demonstrate how much more we still need to do to combat acts of hatred and bigotry in our society. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only served to exacerbate the xenophobia and anti-AAPI sentiment that has existed throughout our country’s history. I am saddened to hear of these most recent acts of hatred and stand in support with our AAPI community members in these very troubling times. I also want to reaffirm the commitment of the Masconomet Regional School District to addressing any acts of hatred against any members of our community. Bigotry and discrimination have no place in the Masconomet School Community.
Last fall, the Masconomet School Committee developed an Equity and Anti-Racism Resolution that states our commitment to maintaining a learning environment where all members of our community feel safe, welcomed, respected, and supported, and to eradicating discriminatory policies, practices, and structures in our District. The School Committee’s Anti-Racism Subcommittee continues to work toward these goals through developing policies and identifying programming to embed “diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism in all aspects of education and learning for our students, families, faculty and staff.”
Masconomet’s Vision 2025 strives to develop graduates whose success “is dependent upon their ability to embrace and thoughtfully act within our world that is racially, culturally, linguistically and economically diverse.” The acts of violence and discrimination of the past year against our AAPI community, and against other underrepresented groups in our society, demonstrate how developing these skills in our students is needed now more than ever.
Michael Manuel Harvey, Ed.D.