Dear Providence Community,
“You have been told, O mortal, what is good,
and what the LORD requires of you:
Only to do justice and to love goodness,
and to walk humbly with your God.”
On behalf of Providence High School, we write to you in solidarity with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and the many other black lives lost due to hatred, inequality, and institutional racism. As a community that values respect, compassion, dignity, integrity, and justice, we are animated by the "compassionate love and creative, prophetic solidarity" of the Sisters of Providence and cannot remain silent while such violence exists in our world.
This is not the first time that black lives have been lost to brutality and injustice.
Credit: LA Johnson/NPR
As Rod Hochman, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Providence St. Joseph Health wrote in a direct response to the recent tragedies, “our values explicitly call us to ‘speak the truth with courage’ and ‘stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable, working to remove the causes of oppression and promoting justice for all.’” We know that black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), both in our community and around the country, are suffering from brutality and collective inaction that offends our common humanity.
We strive to become an anti-racist community. This is the moment to commit ourselves to supporting practices that ensure that Providence is always a place where our students, faculty, and staff are safe, respected, and celebrated. We are a vibrant, thriving community rooted in our faith in a Provident God and a faith that explicitly calls us to actively honor the dignity of each human being and dismantle the systemic forces that weigh down the marginalized. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force will collaborate with our community to foster an anti-racist culture and share resources to help support our families, faculty, and staff.
To our black students, families, alumni, faculty, and staff, we stand with you. We bear witness to your pain and reach out in solidarity amidst this suffering and injustice. Change is needed.
We know that the first step is working on us. While we strive to have every member of our community feel like they belong, we have not done enough to advocate in and outside of our school for the dignity of black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). We will do all that we can to address the societal roots of these issues by taking an anti-racist approach to the education we provide our students and the policies and practices we promote as an institution. At Providence, we will engage in critical conversations and student voices will be amplified in the weeks and months ahead. Together we can build a better world in which people never live in fear because of the color of their skin.
Black Lives Matter.
Providence High School DEI Task Force
Providence High School Administration