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ICSD Community Letter - June 3, 2020

Dear ICSD community, 

As we have been grappling with the violent displays of racial oppression over the past weeks, months, years, centuries, we are reminded of a quote by Ibram X. Kendi, the author of How to Be an Antiracist:

“A racist is someone who is supporting a racist policy through their action or inaction. No one becomes a racist or antiracist. We can only strive to be one or the other. Antiracism requires self-persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism and regular self-examination.”

We are hopeful that the students and adults in the Ithaca City School District are on a journey to becoming anti-racist educators and people. To do so, it is imperative that we all reflect, learn, and act.  We strongly encourage our community to explore the resources below as these resources provide support for engaging with one another this week.  

We are asking our community to recommit to this work and/or challenge ourselves and one another in new ways today. Our children need us and we need one another.

Regards,
Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent
Robert Ainslie, School Board President
Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, School Board Vice President
Adam Piasecki, ITA President
Brad Pollack, IPDA President
Carla Strong, ESP/I President
Chris Horstman, ICSDEA President
Lisa Sahasrabudhe, Instructional Coach for Equity, Inclusion, and Innovation (on behalf of Equity Team)
Mary Grover, Inclusion Officer
Lily Talcott, Deputy Superintendent

Resources for Building Your Own Understanding
Resources for Teaching Young People About Race, Racism and Anti-Racism