The following message from LeVar Ammons, executive director of Equity and Student Success, was recently sent to all students:
Dear OPRF students,
We are in the thick of a fight for racial justice. As a school, we are hearing from so many students deeply affected by the murder of George Floyd, a Black/African-American man, at the hands of Minneapolis law enforcement. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, who so recently and brutally lost their lives while just going about daily activities, have also had a deep impact.
You are asking for help and support as the country has been shaken to its core. You feel a moral imperative to lean deeply into anti-racism as the only true way to eradicate racial injustice in all of our American social and professional systems.
I hear you. I see you.
The leadership that you have already displayed in this time of great outrage, confusion, and grief make me more proud of you than you will ever know. As you pursue the work of racial justice, here some things you can do:
1. Stay safe and healthy in your passionate advocacy and pursuit of racial justice.
2. Take action:
Learn and share information about what systemic racism is. Click here to see a short video explaining systemic racism.
Gain insight on what it means to be anti-racist.
Develop a deeper understanding of racial dynamics using these resources:
“How to talk to kids about racism: An age-by-age guide”
“Talking with Children About Racism, Police Brutality and Protests”
“A White Family’s Guide to Talking About Racism”
“A POC Family’s Guide to Talking About Racism”
Consider donating to organizations supporting our work to eradicate racial injustice. A list created by 2018 OPRF graduate Kara Jackson can be found by clicking here.
3. Reach out to me. Whether you have questions, want to talk through race-related issues, need resources and tactics, etc., do not hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is young people like you who historically have brought about the transformative work of changing the culture of America. I am here to support you in this fight.
Executive director of Equity and Student Success