#StudentsofColorMatter is a collective of People of Color from Fieldston dedicated to improving the experiences of marginalized students everywhere. The use of racist and bigoted language are symptoms of systemic and institutional racism that plague educational institutions across the country. For this reason, we command the implementation of structural reform, such as long term curriculum changes, the admittance of more students and faculty of color, and racial sensitivity training for all community members.
We demand a written apology from each of the students involved in the videos. We believe students should have the opportunity to redeem themselves; however, this is not possible without their commitment to self-improvement.
We demand the release the official disciplinary decision, as is common practice after the Disciplinary Committee has convened. It is imperative that students and families understand what decision was made in order to prevent speculation and allow our community to begin a proper healing process.
We demand a more global investigation into the systemic nature of racism at ECFS - specifically looking into the assorted incidents of bias that have occurred.
We demand the following permanent amendments to the DC procedures which can then be ratified by a majority vote from student government as outlined in the Fieldston Student Handbook.
We demand the Board of Trustees allocate two seats for student representatives. Our Board of Trustees holds immense power at our institution, yet its composition and agenda are unknown to the student body. That must change.
We demand that all faculty, staff and administrators attend racial bias training yearly from an organization like Courageous Conversations
We demand a commitment to recruit more faculty of color in all departments. Hiring more faculty of color is notably important as we work to diversify our curriculum. We also demand that the administration commit to recruiting and retaining more students of color as the minimal number of students of color, specifically black men, contributes to reinforcing a racial hierarchy.
We demand that the administration provide the community with data on the attrition rates of teachers and administration of color. If this data is not currently available, we demand that the school begin collecting it.
We demand that the school provide data on previous disciplinary decisions regarding the use of racial and derogatory slurs including, but not limited to homophobic, sexist and racist language.
We demand the implementation of diversity requirements, beginning with the Class of 2023, that require juniors and seniors to take at least one history and one english elective that focuses on the histories and writings of people of marginalized identities. We also demand the development and implementation of indigenous history and english electives. Lastly we also demand the creation and implementation of a mandatory Black Studies Course.
We demand mandatory racial affinity groups in Fieldston Lower and Ethical Culture starting in 1st grade. As students of color, we become cognizant of race at a very early age.
We demand the Safety and Security policies be revised to prevent racial profiling of students and parents of color. While the Fieldston Student Government has already worked with the administration to rectify the deficits, the policies remain problematic.
We demand the hiring of an ombudsperson on campus to allow students and faculty to speak freely to a neutral arbiter without fear of retaliation
We demand our faculty not face any unwarranted retribution for speaking freely in support of students. Fieldston faculty, especially our faculty of color constantly advise us on academic struggles and social concerns and aid us in navigating life in a predominantly white institution. Most students of color, would not still be at Fieldston without their consistent support.
We demand the development and implementation of a reporting system for all incidents of bias, bigotry, and racism on campus. All incidents, regardless of physical evidentiary support, must be recorded.
As students from other schools, we hope that you will encourage your administration to support our demands. We urge you all to conduct a walkout in support of our movement and to ask your own administration to meet similar demands. In addition, we welcome you to come to Fieldston (3901 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY) on Monday, March 11th and stand outside of our campus gates along with alumni and parents. Lastly, we hope that you will sign the petition in support of our demands.
As parents, we hope that you will educate yourselves on our objective and serve as a support system for students engaging in activism on campus. We would like you to encourage your children to actively support our movement as our intentions are to better the Fieldston community for all parties. In addition, we welcome you to come to Fieldston (3901 Fieldston Road Bronx, NY) on Monday, March 11th and stand outside of our campus gates during our lock-out. Lastly, we hope that you will sign a petition in support of our demands. We thank you in advance for your support and your willingness to help us make change within our institution.
Alumni, as previous students and members of our community, we encourage you all to stand in solidarity as we attempt to change the culture of racism, hate, and bigotry at Fieldston. We hope for your support on social media, on campus, and on any other platforms you see fit. In addition, we welcome you to come to Fieldston (3901 Fieldston Road Bronx, NY) and stand outside of our campus gates during our lock-out on Monday, March 11th.
Phone: # 646 581 5008
3901 Fieldston Rd Bronx, NY 10471