Dear Stuart Community,
Recently, members of our Stuart community courageously shared experiences of discrimination and racism at Stuart. We heard the pain of the past. We heard the disappointment of the present. We heard the concern for the future. While it is not the responsibility of our students, parents and alumnae of color to educate the school leadership about bias that exists within the school community, it was crucial for us to hear from those of you who shared painful recounts of racism that have not been properly addressed. Although there are no adequate words of apology, we are profoundly sorry for these sins of omission and commission which have caused so much pain and grief. We take responsibility to correct our failings with resolve and determination in the true spirit of the Sacred Heart.
The mission of our Sacred Heart school and our efforts have failed to eliminate the sin of racism and implicit bias from our school community. We are committed to educating not only to knowledge but to virtue, and not only to professional success but to goodness and kindness. This was the prayer and the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, and we recognize that we have fallen short of her vision. The Board of Trustees and the Senior Leadership Team are committed to creating a more inclusive community where everyone, especially every one of our girls, can share in its respect, warmth and welcoming spirit.
Based on evidence over the past nine years, the Board of Trustees has every confidence that the Head of School and the Stuart administration are committed to this work and its advancement. Thus, we reaffirm our pledge to continued growth in our diversity, equity and inclusion work.
Stuart's comprehensive DEI Action Plan, Unity In Our Diversity: A Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Stuart, can be found by visiting our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page at www.stuartschool.org/diversity
We have also scheduled a series of presentation/Q&A sessions about the Action Plan with our community. As evenings this week have already been reserved for division town hall meetings related to our fall reopening plan, we have scheduled these gatherings for Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. Students will enter these discussions via GoogleMeet. Alumnae and parents who register will be emailed a secure Zoom link for the meeting. When you register, you will also be able to enter questions you would like addressed during your session. Attendees will be able to ask questions during the gatherings as well. Please find the dates and times below:
- Saturday, July 18 at 1 PM: All Upper School Students | Google Meet: Action Plan
- Saturday, July 18 at 3 PM: Current and Prospective Families | Click here to register
- Sunday, July 19 at 3 PM: All Middle School Students | Google Meet: Action Plan
- Sunday, July 19 at 5 PM: Stuart Alumnae | Click here to register
Our goal remains to be the school we say we are where every person experiences the love and embrace of the heart of Jesus. Creating an anti-racist culture requires careful attention, consistent effort and shared values. The responsibility to achieve our goals rests with every member of our community, past and present. Together we move forward with a plan that will lead to healing and a greater accountability for more fully living our Sacred Heart mission.
Patty L. Fagin, PhD
Head of School
Cheryl A. Lagay, Esq.
Chair of the Board of Trustees