DIVERSITY & EQUITY STATEMENT
“The healthy social life is found when in the mirror of each human soul
the whole community finds its reflection,
and when in the community the strength of each human soul is living.”
The Waldorf School of Atlanta is an open and affirming community. We welcome students and their families, faculty, and staff, regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We are proud of our commitment to diversity at The Waldorf School of Atlanta and we work consciously to build a welcoming community that includes a diverse range of families. We support all family structures.
Our school strives to be a reflection of the rich, cultural city in which we live. As learners, teachers, parents and friends, we provide a welcoming and supportive environment where all perspectives, ideas, and ways of being are honored in authentic ways through our curriculum, school policies, and community life.
Furthermore, The Waldorf School of Atlanta is committed to providing financial assistance to families in need, and we have expanded our after school programs to support working parents.
In our commitment to these values, our school has formed a Diversity & Equity Committee, the mission of which is to promote diversity, equity, and social inclusion at every level of our community. It is an ongoing commitment. We strongly believe that by supporting diversity in our school, we prepare our students for a diverse world, a global community that sees itself reflected in each of our students and is all the more vital and resilient because of them.
OFFERINGS FROM D+E COMMITTEE
The WSA community in is invited to participate in a 6-week webinar for families and educators on "How to Talk about Race". The course begins Sunday, June 21, 2020 6:30-8:30 (ET).
Please email Colette at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Diversity & Equity Committee (including facilitators from iChange Collaborative who are engaged in a year-long training with WSA faculty and staff) have created a Diversity Book List to consider for summer reading. Please enjoy.
To read more about how Diversity and Equity are integrated into Early Childhood, Lower, and Middle School curriculum, please see links below.
The Early Childhood department at The Waldorf School of Atlanta takes a holistic approach to integrating diversity into the daily, weekly, yearly, and seasonal rhythm. WSA particularly boasts a rich and diverse curriculum experience in the Lower School and Middle School classes.
A Message From WSA Leadership Team - June 30th, 2020
It is our last week of this school year, yet much work continues.
We started this year celebrating 100 years of Waldorf education, an education where teachers help all children recognize their beauty and the unique gifts they have to offer the world. And now we’re ending the year, after the devastation brought by COVID-19 this spring, with having witnessed the cruelty and injustice against African Americans with the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor and most recently, George Floyd.
These deaths are deeply disturbing and put a spotlight, once again, on the ugly persistence of crimes against African Americans and racism/injustice in our nation.
As a community, we stand with all our families, students, alumni, faculty and staff of color. WSA does not tolerate racism, and we must continue to work together to provide a safe, inclusive environment for our community and all communities across our nation.
It is imperative that we take action in whatever ways we can. Please know that as a school we will continue to strive for equity in our community through our pedagogy, programming, and professional development.
Our school leadership welcomes your thoughts and concerns as we chart our path forward together. In the words of Dr. King, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
We will continue to work together for a better America and world.
With love and concern for all,
The Leadership Team