Dear LightHouse Community, July 27, 2020
It has been nearly two months since the killing of George Floyd, and the subsequent movement of protests in support of Black lives and against systemic racism continues to reverberate across the United States and around the globe. The legacy of racism is complex, culturally pervasive, brutally violent to Black, indigenous and other people of color, and is far from being truly reckoned with.
To move towards racial equity, we believe institutions need to prioritize humanity, acknowledge the deeply embedded inequities at every level, create tangible actions, and work to weave the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the very fabric of their organizations. The LightHouse Board of Directors stands in solidarity with and support of the Black Lives Matters movement.
The LightHouse program was conceived, designed, and built on the belief that inequities in our community can be addressed through education. It is clear, however, that equity is only possible when the systems in which we live, learn, and work are equitable. We know that in the United States our education system and law enforcement are systemically racist. The United States was founded on the oppression of and a deep systemic violence towards Black people, indigenous people, and people of color. To our Black and non black people of color students, families, staff and community: we see you and we acknowledge the reality of the injustice you face.
To our Black and non black people of color students, families, staff and community: we see you and we acknowledge the reality of the injustice you face. We recognize that this movement is the culmination of a history of deeply tragic and traumatic moments and we affirm the rage over the loss of Black lives.
We believe that for an organization to be truly anti-racist, the work of equity must reverberate through every level of vision and operations.
We are committed to:
The LightHouse Board of Directors pledges to live up to the commitments of anti-racism and to hold ourselves accountable for successes and failures. The above list of commitments and actions will be formally addressed at the LightHouse Board meetings and recorded in the meeting minutes.
This moment requires something of all of us and if you would like to contribute additional recommendations for the Board’s consideration or to share information please contact us at [email protected].
The LightHouse Board of Directors
Adam Baker, Treasurer
Jacqui DeFelice, Vice Chair
Laurie Herrick, Chair
Insiyah Mohammad Bergeron
Iohann Rashi Vega