CDS Statement on Antiracism
CDS recognizes that the land upon which we work and play is unceded Ohlone land, forcibly taken by colonists years ago to build Mission Dolores, creating a diaspora of Indigenous peoples. Given current and historical violence against Black communities, CDS is committed to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and to helping our students, families, faculty, and staff feel it. We have taken steps to raise awareness, teach antiracist curriculum, and practice antiracist pedagogy. We can do more and we will do more, with a reignited sense of urgency. We recognize the need to continually interrogate and decolonize our curriculum and reexamine our policies and practices towards building an antiracist ethos at CDS. Through actionable plans, accountability, and support, CDS employees, students, and families are all committed to dismantling racism as co-conspirators in an active practice. We will work to build connections with BIPOC-led businesses and organizations that align with our mission, beliefs, and values. We commit to promoting diverse leadership by actively recruiting and retaining BIPOC candidates through transparent and anti-bias hiring practices and by providing opportunities for professional advancement within our organization. Through ongoing reflection, open conversation, common language, and an authentic approach, we hope to build a more equitable and just future for communities under attack and for all our children. We encourage our community members to think about how we can each be antiracist activists at school and at home.