Standing with the AAPI Community
This week our country witnessed a horrifying act of violence against people of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage. Unfortunately, violence and discrimination against the AAPI community has risen sharply in the past year. This week’s shooting reminds us that if we are to prevent such devastating consequences, we must instill in all Americans–and especially our children–a commitment to inclusivity, kindness, and respect. These values are essential to education at WES, and we support our students in not only learning about but also in living out these values.
We would like to provide a safe space for our older students to process the recent events and to share their feelings. Tomorrow, homeroom teachers in Grades 4-8 will let students know about an optional opportunity to join a conversation with Guidance Counselor Allison Klothe and DEI Director Courtney Clark during their lunchtime.
In the meantime, if you are seeking resources to have these types of conversations at home, here are a couple of articles that may be helpful:
- CNN: Analysis: How parents can support kids through (and beyond) the latest wave of anti-Asian American violence
- National Association of School Psychologists: Countering Covid-19 Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers
- National Geographic: Talking to kids about xenophobia
We as a school community will continue to stand against violence and hatred and stand with the AAPI community in this time.
Head of School