By: Sabrina C. (’21)
The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) faculty committee is a newly formed initiative that focuses on serving as a platform to create change and improvement throughout TAS to foster a more inclusive community.
With increasing attention drawn to incidents of racial violence in the United States along with the expression of heightened concerns of social issues at TAS, members of the administration and faculty were prompted to create a group to battle possible issues of oppression and prejudice TAS and help educate people on these topics.
Many faculty members volunteered to be part of the program across all school divisions. The committee has already had a series of meetings, featuring divisional check-ins, collaborative conversations between the task force and TAS administration.
“If you are going to make the whole school inclusive, you need voices and representation from all divisions,” said Upper School History Teacher and Representative of the JEDI Committee Dr. Erika Soublet. “Everybody needs to work together.”
Improving the overall community and curriculum is a large task to tackle, thus the committee is still solidifying their mission. “Before you can make any plans for anything, you have to figure out what the issues are,” said Dr. Soublet. “What I am focusing on right now is collecting data to understand what concerns people may have right now.”
Dr. Soublet and JEDI are in the process of creating and sending out surveys to different parts of the TAS community to gain insight into which issues are deemed the most urgent and important.
Mr. Ryan Haynes and Mr. Jaami Franklin, upper school representatives of JEDI, facilitated an open dialogue discussion for seniors in October. “I was pleased that people felt safe and comfortable in that setting to speak up on a variety of topics,” Director of Upper School Academic and Personal Counseling Mr. Haynes said.
The seniors that attended were very passionate about their thoughts on issues such as racial slurs and the minimal sex education program at TAS. “It was a great opportunity to widen topics beyond what we talk about in classes and advisory,” said Sofia L. (‘21), one of the seniors who attended. “Hearing everyone’s opinions really captivated me.”
Leaders of the JEDI Committee have hosted an informational discussion similar to this with TAS parents as well, and they hope to expand conversations to other parts of the community in the near future.
The committee looks forward to bringing changes to TAS to ensure that the institution continues to foster academic exploration and growth, but in a safer and more inclusive environment.
JEDI Committee Members:
(Administrator, TAS Parent and US Teacher)
(US Counselor and TAS Parent)
(Alumnus, Class of 2012)
(TAS Parent and Community Member)
Lower School Representatives:
Middle School Representatives:
Chrisanne Roseleip Fossouo
Upper School Representatives:
Connie Ma: Alumni Office
TK Edwards: 6-12
Jess Huang: KA-12
Upper School Divisional Team:
Find out more about JEDI online via the TAS Parent, Faculty and Student Portals.