by Dr. Tere González, MS Counselor
As stated by Dr. Adams in his kick-off message, “the 2019-2020 school year marks the fifth and final year of our strategic innovation plan,” and it reiterates our commitment to the goals that drove our community’s decision to identify Diversity and Inclusion as one of the pillars of this plan. Commitment that is also embedded in our school mission; ASFM serves a diverse population and prepares all students through an innovative, inclusive, and intensive program focused on engaging and enabling students to achieve their individual potential in citizenship, academics, athletics, and the arts.
We stand proud looking back at where we started and the path that has led us to where we are now; however, we still have ambitious goals as we look ahead. From creating awareness in our community and collaboration among teachers, administrators, and specialists, our main objective as the Support Services Department is that each individual feels valued and accepted. This means that we want every student to experience success, and a sense of safety and connectedness to our community, that our educators have the capacity to respond to the needs in their classroom, and that the members of the ASFM community will understand that inclusion enriches our lives.
Our commitment to inclusion also stems from ASFM’s core values: empathy, respect, honesty, integrity, and responsibility. Inclusion in itself is a value we strive to uphold. We take pride in our diversity and celebrate when different backgrounds and that which makes us unique come together. Global leaders with open minds and caring hearts are inclusive. Creating an inclusive culture is about making an intentional effort to build a harmonious whole, even when differences in backgrounds, perspectives, opinions, experiences, expectations, or anything else, may represent a challenge. Inclusion permeates the various aspects of who we are as a community and as individuals, is one of our pillars, and is our commitment.
“The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord.”
— ‘Abdu'l-Bahá, Former Head of the Bahá'í Faith