At Relay, our mission battles a harrowing and racist reality: since the founding of this country, Black people have been denied fundamental human rights, including — but certainly not limited to — access to quality education. For this reason, we prepare teachers and principals to fight for social justice and an excellent education for all — in their classrooms and beyond.
We mourn Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and all those who remain unknown to most, simply because their deaths were not filmed. As we grieve the recent, vicious, racist acts perpetrated by former and current police officers, we know there is so much more work that needs to be done. We stand with the protestors fighting to right the injustices that the Black community has faced since before this country was founded. We condemn the racist murders, assaults, actions, and words this country has tolerated and perpetuated for far too long. And, we take solace in the words that President Barack Obama shared: “This moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals."
Now is the time to change the future. Black Lives Matter. Black leaders, Black teachers, Black students, Black people — Relay stands with you.
And, to my Relay colleagues specifically: please take care of yourselves and be present for each other. We know that there is much more Relay can and will do to work for justice, and in this moment, we want everyone — Black colleagues especially — to have time, space, and grace. Relay will work together to with our leaders, teachers, students, and partners to help realize a more equitable institution — and a more equitable society. We can and will do better together.
Best, Mayme Hostetter
President of Relay Graduate School of Education