STUDENTS
OF COLOR
MATTER

Fieldston Students Demand Action Against Bias, Bigotry and Racism on Campus. After the public discovery of a video featuring a number of Fieldston high school students using racist, homophobic and misogynistic language in a hateful and targeted way, Fieldston’s unrecognized culture of bias toward students of color and other marginalized groups became undeniably visible to the entire community.

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#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.



MEMORANDUM



UPDATED MEMORANDUM

13 MARCH 2019




"Last night, we worked tirelessly for seven hours with members of the Administration and the Board of Trustees in a mediated and constructive dialogue regarding our demands. We will now read the agreement that the Board of Trustees, members of the Administrative Council, and #StudentsofColorMatter have reached regarding our 16 demands for immediate and long-term improvements at ECFS."

UPDATE: MEMORANDUM

DEMANDS



WHAT ARE OUR DEMANDS?






REDRESS



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.



OFFICIAL DECISION RELEASE



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.



FULL INVESTIGATION



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.



DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS



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.



BOARD OF TRUSTEES



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.



FACULTY BIAS TRAINING



We demand that all faculty, staff and administrators attend racial bias training yearly from an organization like Courageous Conversations



COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY



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.



ATTRITION DATA



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.



DATA ON BIASED INCIDENTS



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.



CURRICULUM DIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS



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.



ESTABLISHING RACIAL AFFINITY GROUPS



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.



END RACIAL PROFILING



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.



HIRING AN OMBUDSPERSON



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



PROTECTION FOR FACULTY



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.



IMPLEMENT NEW REPORTING SYSTEM



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.



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CALL TO ACTION



HOW CAN YOU HELP



STUDENTS




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.

PARENTS




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




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.

CONTACT


FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT


Phone: # 646 581 5008

Email: studentsofcolor@gmail.com


3901 Fieldston Rd Bronx, NY 10471


Twitter: @socmatter

Instagram: @studentsofcolormatter