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ANTIRACISM COMMITMENT

CWS CALL TO ACTION

We, the Cincinnati Waldorf School, recognize our profound obligation to speak out in support of justice and healing in our nation. We, the Cincinnati Waldorf School, assert that the most powerful lens through which to examine injustice and inequity in our nation is that of racism and white supremacy. Though our mission speaks to the education of our beloved student body, we recognize that our mission is betrayed when we fail to meaningfully confront and examine a world marked by racial injustice.

OUR VISION

We believe the Cincinnati Waldorf School has a profound obligation to support healing and justice in our nation and the world. We believe the most powerful lens through which to examine injustice and inequity in our school is that of racism and white supremacy.

CWS ANTIRACISM COUNCIL

Antiracism work is overseen by the school’s governing bodies in collaboration with the Antiracism Council focusing on the following key areas:

Diversity Fund & Scholarships


We pledge to expand and promote racial awareness and representation in our board, faculty, and student bodies. Learn more about our BIPOC Faculty and Student Scholarships here.




Resources


CWS shares the following resources as a starting point for families as we collectively work towards educating, advocating, and taking action for justice. We ask for your continued, individual and communal exploration so that, together, we can create a truly inclusive and equitable space for students, faculty, parents, and our world. Watch Ibram X. Kendi on Raising Antiracist Children
Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man
Mindfulness for Working Against Racism with Rhonda V. Magee
In the Company of Black Women: A Conversation about Race and Raising the Young Child
The Revolutionary Truth About Kids and Gender Identity Ted Talk Listen Ibram X. Kendi's ‘How To Be An Antiracist’
It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 'Caste' System
Resmaa Menakem: Somatic Abolitionism on Sounds True
Supporting Kids Of Color In the Wake Of Racialized Violence
Talking Race With Young Children Read For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies
The 30-Day Justice Plan
How To Talk To Kids About Black Lives And Police Violence
How to Raise an Anti-Racist Kid
100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice
When Bad Things Happen: Help Kids Navigate our Sometimes Violent World
The Genderbread Person Being There for Nonbinary Youth
For Children Multicultural and Social Justice Books
Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh
A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney For Teens Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (ages 12 and up)
March (trilogy) by John Lewis
Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery
Have resource recommendations? Please share them at antiracism@cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org




Black History Month & MLK Day


In addition to striving to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture and curriculum year round, CWS celebrates Black History Month and MLK Day in every grade. Check out our past newsletters: MLK Day Black History Month




Teacher Training


CWS Teaching and Administrative Faculty participate in Bias and Antiracism Training annually. Additionally, an ongoing group study of Antiracist videos, podcasts, and webinars are consistently presented at full faculty meetings, and faculty are encouraged to pursue an antiracist self-study.




Rudolf Steiner


As an accredited member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), Cincinnati Waldorf School stands behind the following AWSNA statement on racial comments in the works of the education's founder, Rudolf Steiner. "WALDORF EDUCATION ESPOUSES PRINCIPLES OF RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIGNITY. ANY NARRATIVES OR INDICATIONS MADE BY RUDOLF STEINER THAT ARE IN CONTRADICTION TO THESE PRINCIPLES ARE NOT THE BASIS FOR WALDORF EDUCATION AND WE UNEQUIVOCALLY DENOUNCE SUCH STATEMENTS." Read the full statement here.





COUNCIL MEMBERS

Nathan Zeigler, Chair 

Lindsey Armor. Development Director 

Naimah Bilal, Parent
Esly Caldwell, Parent
Karen Crick, Enrollment Director

Susan Gray, Administrative Director

Shawn Scott, Grandparent

Tracy Moss, Parent

Kate Reidel, Lower School Teaching Faculty

Emily Oudomsouk, Lower School Teaching Faculty

Kendra Pressley, Admin and HS Teaching Faculty

Contact the Antiracist Council anytime at antiracism@cinciwaldorf.org.

LEARN MORE

Diversity Fund & Scholarships


We pledge to expand and promote racial awareness and representation in our board, faculty, and student bodies. Learn more about our BIPOC Faculty and Student Scholarships here.




Resources


CWS shares the following resources as a starting point for families as we collectively work towards educating, advocating, and taking action for justice. We ask for your continued, individual and communal exploration so that, together, we can create a truly inclusive and equitable space for students, faculty, parents, and our world. Watch Ibram X. Kendi on Raising Antiracist Children
Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man
Mindfulness for Working Against Racism with Rhonda V. Magee
In the Company of Black Women: A Conversation about Race and Raising the Young Child
The Revolutionary Truth About Kids and Gender Identity Ted Talk Listen Ibram X. Kendi's ‘How To Be An Antiracist’
It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 'Caste' System
Resmaa Menakem: Somatic Abolitionism on Sounds True
Supporting Kids Of Color In the Wake Of Racialized Violence
Talking Race With Young Children Read For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies
The 30-Day Justice Plan
How To Talk To Kids About Black Lives And Police Violence
How to Raise an Anti-Racist Kid
100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice
When Bad Things Happen: Help Kids Navigate our Sometimes Violent World
The Genderbread Person Being There for Nonbinary Youth
For Children Multicultural and Social Justice Books
Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh
A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney For Teens Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (ages 12 and up)
March (trilogy) by John Lewis
Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery
Have resource recommendations? Please share them at antiracism@cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org




Black History Month & MLK Day


In addition to striving to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture and curriculum year round, CWS celebrates Black History Month and MLK Day in every grade. Check out our past newsletters: MLK Day Black History Month




Teacher Training


CWS Teaching and Administrative Faculty participate in Bias and Antiracism Training annually. Additionally, an ongoing group study of Antiracist videos, podcasts, and webinars are consistently presented at full faculty meetings, and faculty are encouraged to pursue an antiracist self-study.




Rudolf Steiner


As an accredited member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), Cincinnati Waldorf School stands behind the following AWSNA statement on racial comments in the works of the education's founder, Rudolf Steiner. "WALDORF EDUCATION ESPOUSES PRINCIPLES OF RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIGNITY. ANY NARRATIVES OR INDICATIONS MADE BY RUDOLF STEINER THAT ARE IN CONTRADICTION TO THESE PRINCIPLES ARE NOT THE BASIS FOR WALDORF EDUCATION AND WE UNEQUIVOCALLY DENOUNCE SUCH STATEMENTS." Read the full statement here.