The Importance of Laurence's Commitment to DEAI

 

Hate crime incidents have surged to the highest level in 12 years. Tragically, this past weekend ten people, the majority of whom are Black, were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. A shooting at an Orange County church this past Sunday left Southern California reeling when a gunman motivated by hate for Taiwanese people fired on congregants.

We cannot individually and collectively become desensitized to the increase in hate crimes as the “new normal.” We must speak out against these atrocities with courage, conviction, and a sense of purpose. These tragic events represents a powerful reminder of the profound importance of teaching our children to honor, respect, and embrace people of all races, religions, and ethnicities. There is nothing more vital that we as parents and educators can teach and model for our children than the three most important rules underpinning the foundation of our civil society and democratic way of life: Be kind, be kind, and be kind.

Encompassed in Laurence's mission and values is a deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion (DEAI). Since our founding in 1953, we believe that children learn best when they feel safe and understood, which can be accomplished through ensuring inclusion and equity in our community and curriculum. 

At Laurence, we embrace our collective responsibility to educate students so that they may lead our communities and nation to a future free of racial injustice and discrimination of all types, in which all people feel included and are treated equally with true respect. This collective responsibility is both a significant and essential part of developing a “Total Child” and the most impactful way for all of us to Represent the “L.”