Commitment to Anti-Racism

I've committed Dalton to becoming a visibly, vocally, structurally anti-racist institution. Many of you have asked me what that means for Dalton. Like each of you, I want Dalton to be a place where community members thrive and reach their fullest potential. Unfortunately, as our BIPOC* community members have so bravely shared with us this summer in conversations with me and in listening and information sessions, we have much work ahead of us. That's why I'm committing all of us – students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and school leadership to achieving the following goals
and vision through action.

~ Jim Best, Head of School
* The acronym BIPOC refers to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Board of Trustees – Anti-Racism Vision

  • All Dalton students will be full participants in our community and will flourish free from bias and disparities.
  • All Dalton students will have a deep historical understanding of racial and structural inequities in the U.S., and particularly the history of anti-black racism.
  • All Dalton students will have opportunities to further enhance their understanding and make a positive impact addressing current societal inequities by participating in community service activities that contribute to change outside Dalton.
  • All Dalton community members will have deep appreciation for their fellow community members’ dignity; understanding of differing life backgrounds; empathy; and the ability to engage and listen with respect even across differences.
  • All Dalton community members will be held accountable for not meeting our standards, but we also recognize that we are a learning community that supports and provides the space for community stakeholders to grow in their understanding of others and their ability to contextualize their own lived experience.

Anti-Racism Progress Report

Below you will find a list of goals with actions that were completed this summer and will be completed during the 2020-2021 school year to advance Dalton’s anti-racism and inclusion work. Check back for updates on our progress.
Updated - 3/16/21 anti-racism progress report
 

Ensure that all community members understand Dalton's anti-racist and inclusion vision and their role in achieving it

Convene meetings and honest conversations with students, alumni, faculty & staff, and parents to better understand how Dalton is and is not achieving its DEI goals
completed
Form a Board task force - the Racial Equity Working Group (REWG) - to oversee Dalton's planning to achieve its stated goal of becoming an anti-racist institution completed
Develop and have the Board of Trustees approve Dalton's anti-racist vision completed
Develop comprehensive schoolwide and departmental DEI plans with specific goals and anticipated outcomes progress ongoing
Implement a faculty and staff Equity Council that is responsible for implementing institutional priorities and action items progress ongoing
Restructure all volunteer groups (e.g., Parents Association, Alumni Council) to best align with Dalton's vision and anti-racism and inclusion goals progress ongoing
Expand alumni programming (e.g., Alumni Mentoring Program, Young BIPOC Mentoring Program) to serve BIPOC community members progress ongoing


Create metrics to gauge and communicate progress towards achieving our anti-racist and inclusion vision

Create anti-racist website that includes metrics to measure progress and hold us accountable
progress ongoing
Conduct a climate survey for the Dalton community  progress ongoing
Develop a schoolwide formal evaluation for students on their curricular learning experiences
Adopt schoolwide DEI metrics via recommendations from the Board's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
 
 

All faculty and staff will ensure an inclusive and equitable educational experience

Pilot new student orientation activities around identity (e.g., students designed videos/multimedia projects to help generate ideas for faculty and outside experts) completed
Develop a racial literacy curriculum for grades K-8  completed
Increase College Office engagement and programming for BIPOC students progress ongoing
Expand outreach to recruit faculty and staff candidates of color progress ongoing
Continue training for hiring managers to explicitly address racism and unconscious bias in the hiring process progress ongoing
Expand faculty and staff mentoring program to improve professional success and retention that is comprehensive and attentive to specific challenges facing faculty of color progress ongoing
 
 

All students will learn to engage and listen with empathy, respect differences, and more fully understand the history and implications of systemic racism

Identify and map diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts onto the curriculum school-wide K-12
Implement English and History curricular changes for more diverse representation and richer understanding of culture and history of BIPOC people progress ongoing
 
 

All students will be given the tools to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally to become responsible school citizens

Revise HS House curriculum to more explicitly address anti-racism  progress ongoing
Update Middle and High School student handbooks to include expectations regarding citizenship, the N-word, and social media usage along with emphasizing the importance of practicing and promoting respect for self, for others, and for the environment we share; practicing and promoting integrity and responsibility; insisting upon justice; acting with empathy and compassion completed
Review and update the Dalton Code of Student Conduct to more explicitly address acts of racism, disciplinary responses, and administrative actions completed
Review our K-12 disciplinary approach and procedures progress started
Create and implement a clear bias reporting process for all community members  progress started
Revise High School Peer Leadership curriculum to more explicitly address anti-racism  progress ongoing
Develop Middle and High school buddy program to strengthen mentoring of BIPOC students progress ongoing
Enhance the Health and Wellness curriculum and programming to explicitly address racial wellness, racism, the effects of bias and stereotyping, and racial identity formation progress ongoing
 
 

All community members will take responsibility for creating an anti-racist and inclusive environment and will be accountable for supporting related goals.

Create a shared leadership approach where the DEI Office explicitly partners with school departments taking on and sharing clear responsibilities completed
Create a Community Compact to highlight and engender commitment to Dalton's values and expectations
Design and pilot inclusion orientation training for new parents and families 
Develop and execute DEI training and educational forums for administrative and volunteer leadership groups of the Board of Trustees, the Parents Association, and the Alumni Council progress ongoing
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