The following statement was released to the school community on March 18, 2021.
Dear Bay Ridge Prep Community,
Like many of you, we are sad and alarmed by the increasing violence being carried out against Asian Americans here in New York City and across the country. The Asian and Pacific Islander community has been the target of xenophobia, misinformation and attacks since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last March. We are moved to reach out to the school community to express our empathy for and our solidarity with those facing acts of violence and discrimination every day.
While people may feel unsafe in the world, we place a high value on ensuring all community members feel safe, welcome and appreciated at Bay Ridge Prep. Our statement on diversity, equity and inclusion expresses our dedication to social justice and upholding a culture of compassion, communication, inclusion and accountability. As the statement reads:
“Our school environment encourages students to be leaders who have a positive impact in our school and the other communities to which they belong. We strive to equip graduates with an appreciation of diversity and the skills necessary for navigating a complex world with empathy and an informed point of view. Their education empowers them to meet the needs of a diverse society by embracing their critical roles as global citizens in an ever-changing world.“
We will soon step away from school life for a two-week Spring Break, but we urge you to keep these ideals with you when outside of school and to remember that we are here for any community member who would like to process these events. Below, we have included resources for parents, students and educators.
This has been a difficult year for all of us, and even more so for marginalized communities. As we look forward to spring and see an end in sight to this pandemic, it is our hope that the work we do at Bay Ridge Prep can have a positive impact on creating a more united, just and equitable society.
Charles Fasano & Michael Dealy
Heads of School
Addressing Anti-Asian Bias from Learning For Justice
Anti-Hate Safety Resources from the Asian American Federation and the Center for Anti-Violence Education, in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
Reporting Hate Incidents from Stop AAPI Hate
Anti-Racism Resources for the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Community from Cornell University's Asian American Studies Program
Tips for Parents on Media Coverage from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Supporting Kids of Color in the Wake of Racialized Violence from EmbraceRace
Talking to Kids About Discrimination from the American Psychological Association