Supporting the Oakwood AAPI Community, Locally and Abroad

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 12:00:00 am
 
Recently during Collection, student voices expressed support for members of the Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) communities. During Meeting for Worship, queries were read, prompting each of us to reflect on recent acts of violence targeting the AAPI community,  our own beliefs, biases, and how we can better support and understand.

As a Friends School, Oakwood believes that there is a Light within each of us and that we are connected as a community. An act of hatred against one individual or targeted group is an act of hatred against all. As an institution we talk about ‘Inquiry, Reflection, and Action’.  In the classroom this takes many forms. Within the larger community, it challenges our students to use their voices to engage in actions that speak against injustice and embody the values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.  Daily, we are reminded that this is an ongoing process.

To the Oakwood Friends School AAPI community members, we stand with you. We have a responsibility to grow, learn, and support a more just and equitable society. And we recognize the necessity to actively participate in the change we know is possible.

To help deepen our collective understanding and growth, below are some suggested resources: