A Message from the Headmaster: Justice and Reconciliation Through Education and Empathy
June 1, 2020
Dear Hill School Community:
We are deeply pained by the ongoing racial tensions and events in our country. The most recent tragedy in the murder of George Floyd has brought about heightened attention to the already distressed social and cultural climate of our nation. Our community mourns this loss, and that of those who have lost their lives, dignity, or their livelihoods as a result of racism, hatred, injustice, or as a product of institutional inequities.
These are indeed challenging times and Hill strives to be at the forefront of raising leaders capable of empathy, awareness, tolerance, acceptance, and social responsibility. We must respond to the urgent call to enact the difficult work of justice and reconciliation through education and empathy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and the inhumane treatment of another human is simply unacceptable. We stand with all people, especially our students and alumni of color who are suffering most at this time.
As an educational institution, our first priority is to communicate with our students, faculty, and staff. I am grateful to the three faculty leaders that work most closely with our students and colleagues on these matters for their supportive message from this morning.
In the coming days and weeks, we will create robust opportunities for all members of The Hill School family, including alumni and parents, to join in open and constructive conversations that will help us strengthen The Hill School's efforts to educate our students about social justice and racial equality and to further foster an inclusive campus community. In the meantime, I ask all members of our community to please practice patience, tolerance, and respect for one another in your communications. As always, I remain available for your questions, comments, and concerns.
Zachary G. Lehman P'16 '18