A question about equity

by Nicholas Forcier - Director of Admissions & Enrollment

Welcome back from spring break! I hope you all enjoyed some time together and maybe even got to see some friends or family you haven’t seen in awhile.

I’m grateful that, as an educator, I’ve been able to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. I have to admit, though, that I felt some guilt about receiving it.
Like most resources, the supply of vaccines is limited, which means that if I get it now, someone else doesn’t. I know that there are certain populations that are more vulnerable to serious illness than me. In the end, I got the vaccine because it felt like the risk of harm to others by not getting it was as great or greater than the risk of harm caused by passing on it just to have someone else just like me receive it instead.

That may be a little confusing, but in the end it led me to a question about equity: “What am I willing to sacrifice so that someone else can have access?” Schools around the country are talking about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); those conversations need to be at least as practical as they are philosophical. We’re doing the work at Academies to understand how we can be more diverse, more equitable, and more inclusive. But we need to do it as individuals and families, too. I’m going to ask my son tonight to think about what he might be willing to decline in order to give someone else an opportunity. I hope you’ll have those conversations as well.
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