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SSSAS Action Steps for Racial Justice

SSSAS announces immediate action steps which prioritize work to elevate the school community’s understanding of race and how we can take action against racial injustice.
Letter to the Saints Community from Clay Perfall, Chair, Board of Governors and Kirsten Adams, Head of School:

July 22, 2020


Dear Saints Community,

Over the past few weeks, students, faculty and staff, alumni, and parents have shared their stories and experiences of racism in our community. Hearing these stories is deeply painful and humbling, and we are grateful that these members of our community are willing to share their experiences and perspectives. Doing so has shined a light on areas where we have failed to live up to our values, areas where we can, and must, do better. As an Episcopal school we are called to vigilantly act against racial injustices, and these stories are illuminating our shortcomings, intensifying our determination and resolve to do more.

We will continue to ask questions, listen intently, and do our part to stand up against racial injustice. Today we want to share with you our immediate action steps developed by the Board of Governors and senior administrators in partnership with our Steering Committee on Anti-Racist Programming. These steps -- heavily informed by what we have heard and learned over the past several weeks -- will prioritize our work to elevate our school community’s understanding of race and how we can take action against racial injustice with a focus on faculty/staff diversity and culture, student experience and culture, and our curriculum. The SSSAS Action Steps for Racial Justice align with input we have received from our community, and we will continue to partner with our community as we implement these action steps. Associate Head of School Bob Weiman and Director of Institutional Equity and Diversity KiKi Davis will oversee the implementation of these action steps, working with a team of SSSAS faculty and staff, students, parents, and alumni, and reporting to the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors has formed a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee chaired by Montez Anderson ’93, Board Member, and Phil Herget, Past Board Chair and Past Parent (’07, ’08, ’10, ’17) that will include members from many constituencies in our community. The committee will oversee progress towards the implementation of the Action Steps for Racial Justice, and updates on our progress will be shared on the school’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging web page throughout the year.

There is no denying that there is much work to be done, and we are under no illusion that our work going forward will erase the pain and injustices that members of our community have endured. Rather we will continue to listen and to learn, confident that our action plan will move us forward together, not forgetting these stories, but by remembering them as the impetus to be better.

Sincerely,

Mr. Clay Perfall                                  Mrs. Kirsten Adams
Chair, Board of Governors                Head of School

2020-2021 Board of Governors
Ms. Catie Meyer '86, Vice-Chair
Mr. Timothy Adams
Mr. Montez Anderson ’93
Mr. Thomas Archer ’86
Mr. Eugene Bounds
Mr. Reginald J. Brown
Mr. Peter Chadwick
Dr. David H. Charlton '69
Mr. Michael Chiaramonte
Mr. Patrick Hendy
Mr. Philip Herget III
Mr. Peter Keefe
Ms. Taylor Kiland '85
Mrs. Sarah Knutson
The Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham
Mr. Charles Molster III
Mr. Page Moon
Maj. Gen. Barrye Price
Dr. Anita Reed
Mrs. Shiloh Roehl
Mr. Berkeley Shervin ’78
Mr. Kenneth Wainstein
Ms. Donnan C. Wintermute ’65
Mrs. Katie Woodruff



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Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304