Vision and Steps Toward Antiracism

Catlin Gabel Vision for an Antiracist Institution

As part of our ongoing work to become an antiracist institution, we have identified specific steps to guide our actions as individuals and as a community. These steps will inform our policies, practices, and behaviors and include:

  • Acting to identify and eradicate curriculum, pedagogy, policies, and culture that sustain white supremacy.
  • Listening to and elevating the voices of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and other people of color.
  • Holding everyone accountable for racist behaviors, comments, and harassment.
  • Educating students and all community members about how local, national, and global history inform racial dynamics.
  • Educating students about systems that affect our current experience of privilege, power, and oppression.
  • Recognizing the positive influence and impact of people of color in our school and beyond.
  • Expecting white community members to understand and acknowledge their privilege and support this vision through self-education.

Community Communications

Diversity Action Council (DAC)

The Diversity Action Council (DAC) at Catlin Gabel serves as a representative body of students, employees, board members, and parents who help create an inclusive community in an active way. This group is facilitated by the Director of Inclusion and Outreach, and with the support of school leadership, coordinates professional development and community events that foster forward-thinking conversations so community members can come together and learn from multiple perspectives.

DAC chooses specific themes to explore, based on community inputs and interests. Currently, the focus is on becoming an antiracist institution.

Diversity Action Council Work Groups

Teachers, staff, parents, and students have joined different work groups at Catlin Gabel to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion and further explore areas of improvement at the school. The six groups and their goals are:

Antiracist Curriculum Group: Aims to research, curate, and develop standards for antiracist curriculum and instructional practices across the grade levels.

Antiracism Training for Teachers Group: Examines the needs of teachers as they aim to create antiracist classrooms and provides resources to meet those needs.

Community Engagement Group: Works to define and better understand how we connect Catlin Gabel to the larger community through curriculum, partnerships, and businesses Catlin Gabe supports; researches best practices for equity-based, relational and mutually beneficial community engagement; and crafts recommendations for Catlin Gabe.

Beyond Eurocentric Culture to Equitable Practices Group: Works to define and understand Eurocentric culture at Catlin Gabel; reviews school practices; and makes recommendations to dismantle inequitable practices and traditions at Catlin Gabel.

Truth and Reconciliation Group: Seeks to learn and understand the history and experience of marginalized and underrepresented students and employees; provides opportunities for support and reconciliation.

Admissions and Hiring Group: Seeks to understand our enrollment and hiring practices to determine how we are attracting diverse students and employees to the school.

Board Inclusion and Diversity Committee

The Catlin Gabel Board Inclusion and Diversity Committee is a standing committee that ensures that the board has in place policies and procedures that lead to increased diversity in student enrollment, faculty and staff, administration, the board, and parent leadership, and promotes inclusion and equity in the school community and beyond.

We believe in being a diverse and inclusive school because:

  • Diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and voices in the classroom and on campus lead to stronger critical thinking, communication skills, and educational excellence.
  • Our graduates need to be equipped with cultural knowledge, cultural competence skills, and diverse interpersonal experiences to be successful in the 21st century.
  • Research demonstrates that diverse teams and communities are more productive and effective in solving problems and creating ideas that have value.
  • Our school philosophy calls on us to serve a "cross section of American life" and our mission requires us to "value each person" and "celebrate being inclusive."

Purpose

The Catlin Gabel Board Inclusion and Diversity Committee will:

  • Recommend strategic diversity and inclusion priorities and policies.
  • Help the administration, faculty, and PFA to determine goals and support those goals with visible leadership and adequate resources.
  • Work with the administration and PFA to ensure that all families and employees feel that the school community is safe and inclusive and welcomes and respects their unique contributions.
  • Partner with the Committee for Trustees to ensure that the board membership represents the diversity of the Catlin Gabel and Portland communities.
  • Educate, inform, and train the board about inclusion and diversity topics.
  • Identify and implement inclusion and diversity best practices.
  • Develop metrics to analyze outcomes related to inclusion and diversity goals.

Membership

The Committee will meet approximately 4 times per school year and report periodically to the full board. The committee will include 8-12 members from various school constituencies. Members may include:

  • Trustees
  • Head of School
  • CG Director of Inclusion and Outreach
  • PFA Inclusivity Coordinator
  • CGSA (Catlin Gabel Student Association) President or CGSA Inclusivity Coordinator and other students deemed necessary
  • Non-Trustee Parents/Alumni/Community Members
  • Faculty-Staff Forum President