Dear ASFM community,
I would like to express my sincere concern and sorrow with the acts of racism that we have witnessed in current news and with the violence that is taking place throughout the United States. Although my heart aches to see these violent actions and reactions, I also invite the ASFM community to observe and recognize the importance of the peaceful protests regarding equality and racism that are also occurring in many parts of the USA. These important pronouncements do have a place in a healthy democracy and with progress in general.
At ASFM we have worked hard to stress the importance of values, inclusion, diversity, mutual respect, and the Eagle Way for many, many years. During complex times like these, I invite all students, staff and families to dialogue about the importance of equality, equity, diversity, inclusion, and the importance of treating others with dignity and respect at all times.
Although I feel we all have much room for growth in terms of how we manage inclusion and diversity, I am happy to say that our past Strategic Plan has enabled us to optimize our programs and the services we provide to become a more inclusive, values-based community. This evolution is encompassing a paradigm shift in the way we view and treat anyone who is different and unique, and we are working hard to be a welcoming community who embraces the uniqueness and traits of each individual. Through acceptance and diversity, our challenges become our strengths.
I feel fortunate that an ASFM Equity and Diversity Statement appears in the annual registration process, in our staff and student handbooks, and hopefully in our day to day lives. This statement makes the following assertion:
All community members agree to support ASFM’s initiative to create an open, safe and caring school environment based on respect for all members of the school community and all human beings.
The community agrees to support and respect the values of equity and diversity and avoid the detrimental effects of any form of discrimination, be it based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, physical characteristics, abilities, talents, socioeconomic status, culture, or language.
To conclude this message today, I invite you to use the following resources to further your education and support your ongoing family discussions about equity, inclusion, and anti-racism:
As we now enter into our final week of the school year, I once again want to thank teachers and parents for all your effort and dedication to our ASFM learners. Take care, stay safe and don’t forget to watch this week’s video where I talk about next week’s upcoming ceremonies. As always, please feel free to reach out to me personally if you have a question, doubt, positive comment, or concern; or if you want to just say hello.
Dr. Michael W. Adams