In Solidarity with those Demanding Change

As communities across the US protest systemic racism and violence against Black and Brown Americans, we at Clarke stand in solidarity with those demanding change and affirm that Black lives matter. The intersectionality of race and hearing loss puts Clarke students of color at greater risk than peers who are White. Their success is critical to our mission. We must do more to support them.

We respect and celebrate the diversity of the students and families we serve. We recognize the racial and cultural backgrounds of the majority of the Clarke Team and Board do not reflect this diversity. We seek to increase this representation throughout our network.

We believe it’s essential for those who are in positions of privilege, including Clarke leaders and Board of Trustees, to focus on listening and learning from the experiences of impacted populations, conscientious activists and the history of social transformation.

Our Human Resources Team, Communications Team, Leadership Team and Board of Trustees are listening, researching and collaborating to provide staff, students and families with the resources and support they need. As we take necessary steps to elevate disenfranchised voices and enhance our efforts in the anti-racism movement, we dedicate ourselves to serve as allies to our Black and Brown team members, students, families and community.

Please know that while it may not be visible yet, our work has begun. Our immediate actions include:

  • A continued commitment to creating a safe, inclusive environment for staff and families. Any forms of racism will not be tolerated. We are exploring anti-racism and unconscious bias training for all staff.
  • Connecting staff with services through current benefit plans while exploring additional resources for assistance.
  • Reducing social media content, partially to stem the promotional posts during this crisis, and also to give more space and visibility to Black and Brown activists and leaders using social media as a resource and platform.
  • Collaborating with the OPTION network to form powerful partnerships dedicated to social change.

Resources

One way we’re supporting families in this essential work is creating a library of resources to begin, support and enhance these conversations. We’ll continue to add to this list as we gather valuable information.

While we are committed to sharing helpful resources, we are equally devoted to better understanding the needs of students and families and honoring your requests. Please email us at diversity@clarkeschools.org to share your feedback, requests for support and any other comments.

Educator and Caregiver Resources

Books & Articles for Adults
Podcasts, Webinars, Social Media and Videos for Adults
Websites and Information Hubs

Family Resources

Books for Children

On racism/anti-racism, diversity/inclusion, and positive stories

Books

  • Sulwe, Lupita Nyong’o
  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling
  • Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña
  • Trombone Shortly, Troy Andrews
  • Black is a Rainbow Color, Angela Joy
  • Giant Steps to Change the World, Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  • Hosea Plays On, Kathleen Blasi
  • Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice, Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP
  • Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, Chris Barton
  • “Juneteenth for Mazie”, Floyd Cooper
  • More content on the way!

Mental Health Resources