I’ve been thinking about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion a great deal in the past week. At the national level, I can’t remember a time when the political landscape was more toxic than it is at present. Recent events at our middle and high school remind me that we are not immune to discrimination within our own community.
I fear technology, and social media in particular, have made this problem worse. The internet allows us to join echo chambers of our own interests, thoughts, and beliefs where the rights of others who may look or think different is forgotten. It’s easy to forget about respecting the thoughts and feelings of others when you are shouting from a keyboard, texting, or posting pictures on YouTube or Snapchat.
To assist Lenox in addressing these recent events, we have invited Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant from The Multicultural Bridge to assist beginning with a speaker who will address the students during their middle school morning meeting on Monday, April 22nd. I know that each of you is working hard to educate our students in school regarding respect, tolerance, and the appropriate use of social media. I have every confidence that collectively we will continue to make a difference!
Enjoy the week and thank you for all that you do to support our students each day.