Letter from the Head of School: Racial Injustice & An Invitation for Conversation

Letter from the Head of School: Racial Injustice & An Invitation for Conversation

Dear Governor’s Community,

There are times in life when remaining silent simply is not an option, and this is one of those times. Already in the throes of a global health crisis, we now find our country struggling with the horrific effects of racial injustice. The deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and too many others to name who died before them, have sparked a national wave of protests. I was sickened when I saw the video of George Floyd’s life draining out of him. As a white male, I have never been afraid for my personal safety because of the color of my skin, and I know that this is a privilege that people of color in our country do not enjoy. While I can never understand what it feels like to be a person of color in America, I know from my colleagues and our students that this fear is a part of their daily existence and that they are exhausted by it. Their exhaustion implores me to action—to redouble my commitment to creating a society that is more equitable, just, and safe for all human beings.

As a community committed to teaching and learning, we have the ability to take action by engaging in conversations that open people’s minds to understanding the dynamics that exist at the root of societal ills. I am proud of the work that we have done as a school community to cultivate our capacity for empathy, and to develop the skills that will allow all of us to live more fully into the values that we espouse. But if these times teach us anything, it is that we must do more.

As a next step in our shared work, I invite you to join us for a community-wide conversation on race facilitated by members of the Governor’s community—students, faculty, and alumni—who will share their experiences on Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). Please click here to register. After doing so you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Zoom webinar. This is important work. It is work that matters. I encourage you to attend.

I know that members of our school community are hurting right now, and I want you to know that we are here with you and for you. If you need to talk with someone, please reach out to me, Mr. Carson, Ms. Kobus, Mrs. de la Guardia, or your advisor for assistance. As an educational institution, our mission statement reflects our commitment to building vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable communities, and none of those things are possible where members of our communities live in fear.

My Best,
Peter

Peter H. Quimby, Ph.D. '85, P'14
Head of School