Editor's Note: The following is the Auburn High School Diversity Council's statement on its commitment to a safe, inclusive and equitable school environment:
We as Auburn High School’s Diversity Council reaffirm our mission to denounce all forms of hatred and bigotry, to amplify students’ voices and educate Auburn High School on these issues, and to make an inclusive and safe environment for all students regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and all other marginalized identities.
In light of the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, we declare the following:
• We denounce all forms of racism, microaggressions, and bigotry against the Black community at AHS
• We are committed to uprooting the systemic inequalities that Black students face at AHS
• We will amplify Black students’ and families’ voices about their experiences with discrimination and inequities at AHS
• We are committed to supporting anti-bias, anti-racist, and ally-ship curricula into Tiger Connect and all classrooms
• We affirm that Black students and families matter to AHS and affirm that Black lives have inherent and equal worth and have the right to feel and be safe at AHS
In order to move forward, we are all researching ways to better fight racism on campus and educate students on the impact institutionalized racism has on Black students and their families. We strive to transform our community into a place where all students will thrive and grow as they recognize their value in an ever-changing global community.
For AHS students who are interested in joining the Diversity Council and contributing to our mission, please contact the following teachers for more information: Sarah Holder (Spanish), Donna Yeager (Debate), Shannon Allison (Psychology), Shane Sanker and Blake Busbin (Social Studies).