DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
In alignment with our educational and social mission, the Waldorf School of the Peninsula commits to a renewed focus on the critical work of strengthening diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-bias education and social justice. We honor and welcome students, families, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, countries of origin, cultural, religious and political affiliations, socio-economic backgrounds, gender identity, sexual orientation and the many other articulations of human identity.
We are currently undertaking a thorough process of deep reflection and organizational self-study including a critical review and refinement of curricular, pedagogical and administrative policies and practices. In addition, we are seeking partnerships with community organizations and individuals with expertise to work with them towards this end.
As a member school of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), we take up this work together with colleagues and Waldorf communities throughout the continent and worldwide. The AWSNA statement of Equity and Inclusion, which is an evolving document, can be read here.
We know that change requires humility, courage, and sustained effort from each of us. We continue to strive toward that change, and commit to honoring and celebrating the diversity of our evolving community.
As we proceed on our journey, may we join together to manifest in our work and in our community the vision evoked in the Motto of Social Ethic:
The healing social life is found only
When, in the mirror of each soul,
The whole community finds its reflection,
And when, in the whole community,
The virtue of each one is living.
As an independent school community, WSP will work towards racial justice and to end systemic racism in all of its forms. We will work continuously to unpack the historical layers of inherent privilege in order to foster a culture that honors intersectional BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People Of Color) histories and identities.
Seeing and supporting BIPOC community members is at the forefront of our responsibility. BIPOC families do not have the luxury of *not* talking about race with their children. With deep humility, we acknowledge our socially unjust past and present, and commit to the work of creating a future free of racial injustice. We will challenge inherent biases and use individual and collective power and privilege to build a more equitable and inclusive community. This responsibility falls on us all. Let us listen, learn, affirm, and change together.
As a school and as individuals, we denounce any of Rudolf Steiner’s early speculations about racial, gender, and religious hierarchy, or any other statements of a similar nature.