Potomac Commitments for an Inclusive Culture and Climate

The Potomac community is engaged in thoughtful exploration of issues related to race and racism at our school. In summer 2020, the school hosted a series of forums that offered alumni, parents, students, and faculty and staff opportunities to share their experiences and perspectives. Though not always easy to hear, the observations that were shared were extremely valuable, bringing to light issues that we have a responsibility to address.

In addition to the feedback from this summer’s forums, the school has considered input from alumni and others who took the time to send letters and emails, as well as a thoughtful document titled “Ending Complacency; Student Ideas for Institutional Improvement,” that was created by Upper School students. All of these perspectives have informed our thinking about ways to create meaningful institutional change in pursuit of Potomac’s goals of an anti-racist culture and an environment where every individual is included and valued.

The school has identified five broad areas of focus for this work going forward: 

  • equity and racial literacy
  • health and wellness
  • a culturally responsive curriculum
  • retention and recruitment
  • equitable transportation.

These commitments and related action steps were shared with the Potomac community in September. In the video below, Director of Equity and Community Initiatives Tamisha Williams explains what each area of focus means for Potomac and how we foresee each one moving us toward our goals. You can click here to review the slides from Ms. Williams’ presentation in more detail.