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Actions Toward Anti-Racism at OES

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other Black Americans, OES participated in a social media campaign for #BlackoutTuesday in solidarity against hatred, racism, and violence in our world. The next day we posted a video expressing a similar sentiment. These gestures were considered hollow by many members of our community, and we were rightfully called upon to take actions to back up our words.

Head of School Mo Copeland, Board President Dan Drinkward '95, and the entire Administrative Team at OES have taken to heart the comments and emails we have received, including a petition signed by hundreds of OES community members. We are grateful to this chorus of voices of and in support of our BIPOC* community for their messages, and we have already begun taking steps toward reform. *Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Community Letters

Recording of the OES Town Hall Thursday, June 18, 2020

On Thursday June 18, 2020, we held a virtual Town Hall event to hear directly from members of our community. The Town Hall was hosted by inclusion specialist Dr. E. Jabali Stewart. While we have heard from many voices in the recent past, we want to make sure we hear from all who wish to share their experiences, questions, and suggestions for meaningful change toward anti-racism at OES. Head of School Mo Copeland and Board Chair Dan Drinkward ‘95 shared what they have been hearing and what our action steps moving forward will be.

This is work that is continually evolving and expanding—but our community deserves to hear from us on concrete action steps. We are ready to hear, learn, and act. Your voices and collaboration will be an important foundation for this change.

If you were unable to attend but would like to have your voice heard, you are invited to send us a video or audio file (no more than two minutes in length) that we hope to share during the meeting. Send your recording to townhall@oes.edu.

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