supporting Cambridge public school students

Letter to our community

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Dear Volunteers, Educators, Students and Families, Partners, and Community Supporters,

The recent killing of George Floyd, and other acts of police brutality, are abhorrent and intolerable. These incidents, combined with COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on minority communities, reflect the deep racial disparities across the nation. These disparities undermine the physical safety of black and brown people, with far reaching consequences. Cambridge School Volunteers’ board and staff affirm that our mission to serve the students of Cambridge necessitates that we, as an organization, are inextricably bound to link arms with the youth we serve, the district, and the city, to continue to understand and to work against barriers to equity.

At our core is the collective caring and aid that our community of volunteers contribute to individual students and to classrooms. This collective caring and aid must embed anti-racist practices within our organization, empowering K–12 students to thrive now and as adults by providing them with tutors and mentors in whom they can see themselves. Further, we must accurately name, oppose, and help to dismantle the systemic racial injustice in our society as particularly harmful to Black students, families, and educators.

We are in this together. We must listen, we must learn, and we must do better.  All Cambridge School Volunteers staff, board, and volunteers must commit to our goal of becoming an anti-racist organization. To begin this process we ask that our volunteers view at least one of the videos and read at least one of the articles listed on our anti-racism page. We will follow up at the start of the school year with a facilitated opportunity to discuss the context, the content, and the process of the Cambridge Public Schools goal of becoming an anti-racist school district and how volunteers can contribute. As we develop more ongoing opportunities and tools for volunteers to apply a lens of racial equity to their support for to engage in the work of supporting CPS students,  we will add them to this page.

Cambridge School Volunteers will continue to reflect on our structure, policies, and practices in order to hold ourselves accountable to our commitment to actively engage in anti-racist work.