List of 10 news stories.

  • Juneteenth

    On June 19, 1865 (what we now refer to as “Juneteenth”) Mayor General Gordon Granger announced that enslaved people of African descent in Galveston, TX would be freed in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation that President Abraham Lincoln issued two and a half years prior in 1863. Texas officially recognized this day as a holiday in 1980, and President Joe Biden recently signed a bill making it a federal holiday.

    This Juneteenth, let us remember the lives taken and families separated by the dehumanizing institution of chatel slavery. Let us also remember the strength and courage of those who boldly fought to resist enslavement and sought liberation. May this important day remind us to stand in solidarity with all who are oppressed and to use our collective voices to uplift human dignity.  

    Learn more about Juneteenth from the following resources:
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  • PRIDE is an Evolution

    By Dan Bobeczko
    June is PRIDE month. What exactly does that mean though? For some, PRIDE is a time to remember the historical struggles of those in the LGBTQ+ community: the hiding, persecution, and stigma. For some, PRIDE is an analysis of political progress from Stonewall to Marriage Equality. Others will celebrate “coming out” and anniversaries, while some will remember those who have passed - having missed out on the opportunity to partake in a month of reflection and sharing. Each individual, whether a member of the community or an ally, comes to PRIDE at different stages of their journeys, with different lived experiences and different lenses, which makes celebrating PRIDE unique. PRIDE is an evolution.

    Having come out later in life, PRIDE for me was something that I observed from the sidelines, curious but cautious. Meeting my partner (now husband) and joining Cleveland’s Gay Men’s Chorus (the North Coast Men’s Chorus) was a way to slowly become involved in the community with greater opportunities to explore the facets that help make up PRIDE: historical perspectives, shared experiences, and a sense of belonging.

    PRIDE, for me, took on a deeper meaning in June of 2015 when Marriage Equality allowed me to propose after 15 years of partnership. Being afforded the same rights as all citizens was liberating and cause for long-awaited celebration. “Curious and cautious” gave way to “grateful and guarded.”

    Joining the Hawken family for the 2019-2020 school year was an enlightening experience. An LGBTQ+ Affinity Group and a schoolwide mission statement with a commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice provided a long-awaited personal and professional safe space that had been missing in my life. Participation in gatherings and activities with staff has widened my sphere of perspectives and experiences and has continued to build that sense of community and belonging - so much so that this is the first year I’ve felt comfortable enough to hang a PRIDE flag from our home! (*The one I ordered ended up being quite large - so it needed to be draped from a 2nd story window!) A post about it to a neighborhood Facebook group received over 250 likes - another reaffirming sign from another supportive community! While I may not be leading the parade, I’m slowly moving toward “excited and engaged!” PRIDE is an evolution!

    Dr. Bobeczko (left) served as the 2nd & 3rd Grade Remote Learning Coach this school year and will be co-teaching the 1st & 2nd Grade Multi-Age Class next year at the Lower School.
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  • Honor the Asian American Heritage Month

    Yue Ming
    As May marks another commemoration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I must admit that this year feels different from most. Not only has a global pandemic changed our lives, it has also revealed long-standing, deeply-rooted racial and social inequities in our country. This year has also been marked by tragedy in Atlanta and Indianapolis, and these particular events of violence have hit particularly close to my heart. However, in light of these tragedies, the outpouring of support and inclusivity from the Hawken community reminds me that in the face of racially-targeted hate, we must speak louder in support of our community members of diverse backgrounds.
    I came to this country over 30 years ago with the hopes of pursuing a higher education and with the intention of eventually “fitting in” to American culture. Throughout the process of building my life in the United States and raising my family, I have integrated and blended Chinese culture, food, music, art, and especially language with my close friends, family, and community. I am proud to be able to share my experiences and my perspective in the safe, supportive community that Hawken is.
    I would like to share some photos below of me and my family enjoying life in the Bedoyan-Ming household!  
    Yue Ming, May 2021

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  • Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and an important time to recognize the many contributions AAPI people have made to our nation. It was first recognized as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week in 1977 before becoming a month-long celebration in 1992. As an institution committed to Fair Play, we will create spaces to honor the voices of those who are too often silenced and embrace those who are made to feel invisible by society. This month is also an important reminder to reaffirm our commitment to stand in solidarity with AAPI communities against acts of hate that are far too prevalent. To members of the AAPI community here at Hawken, we see you and send our heartfelt appreciation for all of the ways you make our community a dynamic place.
    There are many meaningful ways to recognize this heritage month such as attending the Cleveland Asian Festival, supporting an AAPI local business, or joining in local advocacy work. Below you will find more resources to learn about AAPI stories and contributions.
    • Asian Americans
      • This documentary covers the history, contributions, and challenges that Asian Americans have experienced. This captivating series includes personal histories and stories to provide context to the experience and impact of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing demographic in the United States. 
    • Books on AAPI Experience
    • Cleveland’s Asia Town Neighborhood
    • Celebrating AAPI Voices
      • Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities encompass a wide range of cultures and lived experiences, and each one is an important part of the American narrative. Their stories are American stories, and their voices deserve to be heard. That’s why we’re highlighting a few of the stories from our AAPI participants, to help people find connection and understanding by amplifying their words.
    • Learning for Justice
      • As you plan for the upcoming Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we encourage you to celebrate and teach the diversity of AAPI identities. Then, keep going by incorporating AAPI voices into your curricula all year long. You can begin with these resources.
    Let us continue to lift up these important voices not only during this heritage month but all throughout the year.
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  • Hawken School: Response to the Violence and Tragedy in Atlanta

    As a school committed to a culture of respect, awareness, and responsibility, it is important that we take a stance against events that go against our values. We are deeply saddened and disturbed by the recent anti-Asian hate crime in the Atlanta area and the increase in violent acts and hateful rhetoric towards members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the loved ones of those whose lives were taken in these hateful acts. To members of our Hawken AAPI community and those most closely impacted by these events, please know that we are here to support you and stand with you.  
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  • Black History Month

    Greetings Hawken Community:
    We wanted to pause and take a moment to acknowledge Black History Month, founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a historian, professor, and Dean at Howard University and the second African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. 
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  • Jacob Kordeleski, Middle School support teacher

    Why Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a More Equitable Columbus Day

    Jacob Kordeleski
    “He has … endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.”

    So speaks the Declaration of Independence, the document most revered for its Americanism aside from perhaps the Constitution. Just paragraphs after the famous statement that “All men are created equal,” an entire continent of native peoples is reduced to a group of “savages.” How is it that our nation, which prides itself on freedom and equality, inflicted so much hate and hardship on the natives that call America their homeland? Why do some institutions (such as Hawken), choose to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day on October 12, while others choose to celebrate Christopher Columbus, the man who enabled this injustice?
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  • Students Reflect on Stamped Book Club

    The morning after the downtown Cleveland George Floyd protests, which happened to be the last day of school at the end of a wild year, the constant banter in the House Leader group chat went quiet. I knew something was up, but it wasn’t until hours later that I started hearing from kids, one by one, that “something awkward” happened, though they wouldn’t give me details.
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  • Hispanic Heritage Month

    Sofía M. De Jesús
    Well, it’s 2020 and Hispanic Heritage Month snuck up on me again. The month spans from September 15 through October 15 and every year, I spend some time reading, learning, and studying about my own heritage more closely, even though that’s always something I like to do regularly.
    But what is Hispanic Heritage Month? When did it start and why? Why is it important to me and others like me?
    Let me try to address that one question at a time.
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  • Introducing DEIJ Blog: Voices of Fair Play

    Darnell Epps
    Dear Hawken Community, 
    Hawken’s DEIJ team and I are excited to announce the upcoming launch of a blog dedicated to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice at Hawken. In the year ahead, you will hear more about the work taking place at Hawken as we continue to grow in this work and to learn about present and historical inequities in our local and global communities. On this site, we will share stories about our school community’s DEIJ journey and also feature resources to promote greater understanding about injustice and ways to take action. We are deeply committed to delving even further into these issues to educate, think critically, dialogue, and take steps to meaningful action. To echo  Hawken’s Diversity Statement, “Our motto of Fair Play demands nothing less.” 
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