Our Thacher community—and indeed our entire world—finds itself at a confluence of unprecedented challenges: a global pandemic, repercussions of climate change, a paralyzed economy, a racial justice uprising, a divided nation, and more. At Thacher, we believe a path forward is a collaborative effort, where people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives can and must come together to envision and design a community where all members can thrive and realize their full potential. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work can be successful if we anchor it in our School mission and philosophy and build upon the pillars of honor, fairness, kindness, and truth. We also recognize that our mission and values alone are not sufficient to bring about the community to which we aspire, so we challenge ourselves—on both individual and on institutional levels—to remain committed to growth, equity, and to fostering in our students the desire and skills to be courageous, empathetic, and civically-engaged citizens.A Moment of Reckoning and Opportunity for Growth
Throughout the summer of 2020, we engaged in heightened listening, learning, and critical self-reflection. Our resulting renewed commitment at Thacher led us to take critical steps in the ongoing work of making our community a truly just and equitable one. At that time, Head of School Blossom Beatty Pidduck CdeP 1992 published seven commitments
that continue to guide our long term strategic work. Below is a digest of those commitments, the work that has been accomplished, and that which remains to be done.