Masters Advances Objectives in Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias Action Plan

A Better Masters, The Masters School’s anti-racism and anti-bias action plan, covers six areas of school life: governance; admission; racial diversity among faculty, staff and administrators; policies and procedures; curriculum and pedagogy; and community and belonging.

The School is committed to providing regular updates and is proud to share the most recent progress. 

In line with Masters’ effort to ensure that students of color are supported, the School recently hired Roland Davis as a school counselor. In addition to working with students so that they feel welcomed and included in the school community, Davis will be helping design parent programming and collaborating with the Health and Wellness team to support the entire community. Most recently, Davis was chief program officer for high school and college programs at SCS Noonan Scholars in Boston, MA, and prior to this was the associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion of Harvard College in Cambridge, MA. Since 2002, Davis has been a consultant with Stanley H. King Institute. On Thursday, September 17, Davis was introduced to the upper school community during Morning Meeting. 

The School also revised its New Faculty Institute (NFI), a weeklong summer intensive that onboards new faculty, to more fully address issues of race and identity with three new sessions. The first delved into personal identity with an exercise called “cartography of us.” The second was led by Director of Equity and Inclusion Karen Brown and Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Eric Shear, who provided an overview of diversity, equity and inclusion programming at Masters. According to NFI co-leader and Director of Learning Initiatives Jason Hult, Brown and Shear also challenged teachers “to think about all of the different identities they carry into the classroom and all that their students might carry.” In the final session, teachers considered the definitions of “racism” and “anti-racism.” 

Lastly, this week, in order to help community members use one another’s correct names and pronunciations, students and faculty were tasked with recording their names for an online name bank. Most students were asked to complete their individual recordings during advisory. The recordings will be available on student’s and faculty’s myMASTERS profiles so that all community members can access them. Any community members who have not yet completed their recordings can find directions here

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