This month, we celebrate Black History Month by reaffirming our commitment to our Black students and families. We remain committed to showing our Black students and families that we care about their experience here at SHS. We are resolved to respond to any acts of racism with outrage and decisiveness. We believe that Black lives matter and are unaffected by any political discourse that says anything different. We are committed to incorporating the teaching and celebration of Black culture throughout the year and being part of the dismantling of systemic racism in society. We re-affirm these commitments today and every day as part of our mission of Success for Every Student. Thank you, Patriots, for your partnership on this critical work.
During an event hosted by the Highland Park Library, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, one of the country's leading anti-racist voices, reminded us that the opposite of racism isn’t not being racist, but being anti-racist.
To that end, I am happy to announce that SHS will host its first Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Week from March 29 to April 1! To kick off our week, Dr. Mykee Fowlin, a trained clinical psychologist and formally trained actor, will perform You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me, a comedic skit designed to promote worldwide inclusion on March 29 at 4 p.m. For the rest of the week, student clubs are planning activities that will engage students in conversations about inclusion, race, gender, sexual orientation, and other diversity topics. This week promises to be engaging as well as educational, and we are looking forward to a spectacular week of events.
Dr. Leviis Haney
Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion