The Wooster School promise is to prepare young people for fulfillment, happiness, and success in life through the rigorous and healthy development of intellect, conscience, body, and spirit. Our community members must have the curiosity and courage to welcome all people and their ideas with equal and due consideration. Further, we can best pursue social justice, human rights, and global citizenship by taking responsibility for personal conduct that exhibits the equity, kindness, and generosity such welcome demands.
Earlier this month, the entire Upper School paused classes for a Day of Equity and Inclusion. As a community we took time to reflect, discuss, and engage in an interactive workshop experience. The day allowed us to think about how to continue to make our community a safe, equitable space for all students and faculty.
Throughout the day, our community took a critical look at the concept of identity through multiple lenses: gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, age, ethnicity, language, and political beliefs.
Student panelist Dani Lewis '20 remarked, "I remember once talking to my dad one night after something had me down and he goes 'You can't be a chameleon, you can't change around every group of people you're with. You go from confident with your family, outgoing with your friends, to reserved and passive at school. You have to take all those good parts of the different areas in your life, you gotta take them and bring them together and just focus on being yourself.' Conversations like this one are what really have made me become confident in my identity as both black and white. Today I am proud of who I am. I'm proud of my differences because they make me unique, and I believe we should embrace each other's differences too, while respecting each other's identities and lifestyles."
The day provided myriad opportunities for our students to cultivate the essential skills of questioning, listening, and reflecting, while simultaneously paying attention to the dispositions of courage, empathy, respect, and tolerance with ambiguity.