List of 6 news stories.

  • 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.  
    We know that talking about such troubling events can be challenging. Below you will find some resources to help engage in dialogue about anti-racism and standing in solidarity with members of the AAPI community.  
    Center Racial Justice – Resources for Talking about Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence with Kids  
    i Holla Back – Bystander Intervention  
    Learning for Justice – Responding to Anti-Asian Violence and Georgia Shootings 
    Learning for Justice – Addressing Anti-Asian Bias 
    PBS – Asian Americans Documentary Series 
    Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong 
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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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