Full faculty and staff returned to campus on Monday, and have been busy all week preparing for our students and the first day of school.
Each morning kicked off with daily chapel services before leading into the day’s activities. On Monday, faculty and staff split off into small groups to discuss their summer reading Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by leading psychologists Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji. Together they explored the concept of “hidden biases” or perceptions of other’s that we may subconsciously and unintentionally carry from being exposed to them during our lives.
Small groups then reunited as one, as ESD’s new Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Elizabeth Goatley, led an all faculty/staff discussion on the topics each small group had examined. She explained how biases should be addresses both in and out of school and learned the ultimate “community needs” for a healthy campus.
On Wednesday, faculty and staff took a service field trip to the Children’s Hunger Fund where they assembled 500 food packs, sorted produce seeds, and processed toys for children during the Christmas season. It was a great way for faculty and staff to bond before the new year and immerse themselves in our Founding Tenet of Service to Others. You can read more about the trip to Children’s Hunger Fund here.
Everyone is brimming with excitement to kick off the new school year next Wednesday. See you next week!