Turning words into action
There is still much more work to be done to eliminate any practice at KIPP that furthers systemic racism, anti-Blackness, and inequities experienced by our students, alumni, families, teachers, and staff. Below are six action steps we are taking to move this work forward.
- We are retiring “Work hard. Be nice.” as KIPP’s national slogan; it ignores the significant effort required to dismantle systemic racism, places value on being compliant and submissive, supports the illusion of meritocracy, and does not align with our vision of students being free to create the future they want.
- We are distributing Mental Health and Healing Grants to support regions as they address disproportionate effects of COVID-19 and healing from racial trauma. While these funds will surely not address the enormity of what communities are facing, we hope the support furthers the work on that path.
- We are committing to the review and elimination of inequitable discipline practices in all our schools.
- KIPP Foundation staff will work with every region to begin to identify a leader, either a Senior Equity Officer or another staff person, for their anti-racism and equity work.
- We are committing to the re-assessment of our security practices in all regions, including eliminating the presence of police in our schools wherever possible and ensuring that we are utilizing restorative practices as a solve for conflict.
- Moving forward, we want employee offer letters to include language that requires a commitment to anti-racism as a condition of employment because everyone who works at KIPP must be committed to anti-racism in their beliefs and in their behavior.