Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Learning, Listening and Taking Action

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear students, staff, families and community,

I want to first express my appreciation and gratitude for the messages and feedback I’ve received since sending out some reflections about the murder of George Floyd, and what I believe is our imperative collective commitment to dismantle systems that enable racism, bigotry and hate.

Many of you reached out to me and shared that you want to learn more about white privilege and anti-racism. I agree with the strong sentiment across our country that this is an important time to learn and listen, especially to our communities of color, and take action.

Here is a link to a video I shared with staff yesterday featuring Emmanuel Acho. It is a powerful piece, and he shares his thoughts about why we are in this situation today.

A screenshot of Emmanuel Ach

I would also encourage you to visit our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion webpage, where we have added a “learning about white privilege” section that includes links to this video and others. The webpage was created over a year ago when we were working on adding new language to our strategic plan, The Bellingham Promise, to better reflect our EDI efforts. We also collaborated with the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force to create a poster that we hang in all of our schools to clearly illustrate that racism will not be tolerated and our belief that diversity enhances a strong and healthy community.

Joining Hands Against Hate

You can also find additional links and information on our resources for families and staff webpage, including a link to an article Talking to Kids About Racism, Early and Often.

Finally, I also want to acknowledge that as we listen, learn and take action, we are still in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. Many members of our community, including our families, former students, grandparents and others with ties to our district, are serving our community on the front lines. I want to acknowledge our continued appreciation for our first responders, law enforcement, health care professionals, child care providers, grocery workers and delivery persons for their tireless efforts.

Thank you,

Greg Baker