I always put the Better Together meetings on my calendar last year, but never went as I was tired after a long work day and probably found it a little daunting. With meetings now on zoom, I clicked to find an amazing and welcoming group of parents, teachers and staff with different experiences and expertise and a forum where we can learn from each other, become more thoughtful in our word and actions, and build a stronger community and brighter world for all.
Carol Seitz, Parent Class of 2021
I’ve enjoyed participating in the Better Together series over the past few years and being a part of the diversity and inclusion efforts underway at SR. I’ve learned more about different perspectives in our community from every meeting, and what we can do to make sure that everyone feels included and respected. For me, this has been a good opportunity to interact with parents from other divisions and better understand what’s happening across the school. As we stress the goal of building community to our girls I think that it’s important that we model that as parents, participating in the Better Together series has been an important part of that for my family.
Emily Kornegay, Parent Class of 2030
We have been part of the SR community for 14 years and there has never been a more important movement than our path to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. I attended the first Better Together meeting, which made such an impact, that I attended every meeting since. Our Community is diverse and it is diversity which expands our knowledge and strengthens our bonds. Better Together provides a safe place for self examination, thoughtful discussion and frank revelation, in a respectful and considerate environment. As a father of three Stone Ridge daughters, I encourage them to live by the Five Goals of the Sacred Heart through respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. I also have a responsibility to prepare them, so they become active, informed and responsible citizens of the world. I can only do this by applying those very same goals in my life. Better Together provides the opportunity to take ownership of racial bias and learn how our words and actions can be perceived, so that we may begin to take meaningful steps towards being antiracist. I am grateful to our SR Leadership for their continued commitment to DEI and I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. Our SR Community needs you!
- Kevin Lange, Parent Class of 2019, 2024, 2028; Fathers Club Chair
Book Discussion on the Summer 2020 Stone Ridge Community Read
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Wednesday, November 18, 8:30-9:45 am
Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-8:30 pm
Zoom link will be emailed directly to participants
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invite you to gather for a book discussion to explore critical concepts dealing with race and antiracism, as set out in Ibram X. Kendi’s #1 New York Times best-selling book, How to Be an Antiracist. This book weaves together ethics, history, law, and science. In memoir form, we also learn Kendi’s own awakening to antiracism. Since this summer, How to Be an Antiracist has been extremely popular and often controversial. It is important to remember this is one book, written from one author’s perspective.
The Office of DEI recommends you watch this short video, The Origin of Race in the USA, before joining the book discussion.
Better Together 2020-2021 Dates
September 15. 6:00-7:30 pm • Naming and Owning; Actions and Accountability
October 14, 6:30- 8:30 pm • How to Talk about Race
November 18, 8:30-945 am • How to Be an Antiracist Book Discussion
November 18, 6:30- 8:30 pm • How to Be an Antiracist Book Discussion
February 17, 6:30- 8:30 pm
April 21, 6:30- 8:30 pm
May 5, 6:30- 8:30 pm