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May 31, 2020

Recent events have called on all of us to confront our place in larger national conversations about race and racism. University High School is driven by its six core values, and we find it helpful to turn to them in moments of unease. Chief among these values, listed first by the founders of the school, is Diversity. The fostering and protection of this value is always paramount in our minds, and it is especially so as we process the world around us today.

To truly embody the values we profess, we must be unequivocal in our support for those who have too long been marginalized, who have been told to wait for full inclusion, and who have disproportionately faced violence and death. Adding the name George Floyd to the tragically long list of victims of racial violence was unnecessary, and we share in the grief caused by his death and the loss of so many other vibrant black lives. We stand in solidarity with the black communities of University High School, Central Indiana, and our country. We see you, we hear you, some of us are you, and we love you.

We owe it to ourselves and our community to continue to pursue anti-racist policies and practices. If you are looking for ways to understand and help, we recommend the following readings: How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi, The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, and Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum.

We don’t have all of the answers, and we too are far from perfect, but we promise we will continue to work with purpose, to strengthen our community, and to embrace that which makes us who we are and what we love.

The University High School Faculty and Staff