Critical Race Training in Education

The Loomis Chaffee School

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Mailing Address
4 Batchelder Road
Windsor, Connecticut 06095
Phone
(860) 687-6400
Email address
admission@loomis.org
School Information
"The Loomis Institute was chartered in 1874 by five siblings who had lost all their children and selflessly determined to found a school as a gift to the children of others. Since its opening in 1914, the school has offered educational opportunities for boys and girls regardless of religious or political beliefs, national origin, or financial resources. Our students welcome the challenges of Loomis' academic program, embrace opportunities to explore and pursue individual academic, athletic, artistic, and personal interests, and thrive in a community where their peers and faculty share a commitment to the best self and the common good" (Source: https://www.loomischaffee.org/about-us/history-origins). The school has 180 faculty members, 250 courses, and 726 students. Its student to faculty ratio is 5 to 1.
General Information
Loomis Chaffee has enacted numerous initiatives for anti-racism. Loomis offers many resources for anti-racism and has held many programs and events on DEI. Loomis has also incorporated DEI and anti-racism within its curriculum. As of now, Loomis requires anti-racism training for students, faculty, and administrators. See developments below:

Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    On November 7, 2020, Loomis stated on Facebook, "Loomis students and faculty have collaborated with the Town of Windsor's Human Relations Commission, local artists, and fellow schools to create 'End Racism Now,' a mosaic-style mural that promotes awareness against racial and social injustices and celebrates the diverse Town of Windsor CT."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Loomis states that, "All academic departments will continue to revise their curricula and examine their practices and policies to ensure that coursework and department policies and actions reflect the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice." To accomplish this, Loomis states that, "Departments received additional support in these endeavors from the Kravis Center for Excellence in Teaching’s new assistant directors of diversity, equity, and inclusion curriculum development, Miles Morgan and Fiona Mills."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Loomis states that, "A committee of faculty and administrators will review graduation requirements and propose the changes necessary to ensure that all students graduate with an appropriate level of cultural competency and critical understanding of social justice."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Loomis states that, "The school will review our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training for faculty and students in the dormitories and review how students are encouraged to pursue and are chosen for leadership positions at the school."

  • Resources

    Loomis states that, "Starting in the summer of 2020, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion began working with a group of Black alumni to form a Black alumni mentoring program for Loomis Chaffee’s Black students."

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    Loomis states that for Summer 2020 Professional Development, "all faculty are required to read Ibram X. Kendi’s 'Stamped from the Beginning' and either 'White Fragility' or 'Waking Up White.'"

  • Resources

    Loomis states that, "The Henry R. Kravis '63 Center for Excellence in Teaching will provide ongoing professional development to our faculty around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion."

  • Symbolic Actions

    Loomis states that, "All administrative offices will conduct an audit of DEI efforts in their respective work during the summer of 2020 and will set goals for DEI work in the 2020–21 school year."

  • Symbolic Actions

    Loomis states that, "In the summer of 2020, the Board of Trustees established the Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, chaired by Trustee Erik Cliette ’84. The committee will monitor the progress in meeting the school’s DEI goals as well as review reports regarding the handling of any issues regarding racism."

  • Symbolic Actions

    Loomis states that, "The school will establish a committee to analyze if and how bias may be influencing our disciplinary process and outcomes over the past few years. Committee membership will include BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) alumni as well as current faculty and students."

  • Symbolic Actions

    Each academic department at Loomis has incorporated DEI curriculum.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Loomis highlighted a student saying, "In the words of Kena Dijiba, 'We all have a duty to continue the fight when the dust settles. What we crave more than ever is societal reform, which will seep into how police officers confront personal biases.’ For too long, Black people have been suffering under a society that thrives off of their oppression, that teaches their children that they are unworthy or undesirable, and that allows them to be senselessly murdered by the people who have taken an oath to protect and serve. This reality will only begin to deteriorate when EVERYONE makes an active commitment to being anti-racist and to fighting for societal reform. Complacency is not an option. Black Lives Matter.” Loomis has also highlighted other student feedback on Black Lives Matter.

  • Resources

    In the 2020-2021 DEI Report, Loomis included numerous DEI resources.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On May 14, 2021, Loomis highlighted a student-led DEI symposium.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Loomis hosts a Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion which hosts numerous events, resources, and programs, including DEI Interns, a DEI internship for students.

  • Resources

    Loomis has posted books, articles, videos, and links for DEI resources, including a novel by Ibram X. Kendi, titled "Stamped from the Beginning."

  • Symbolic Actions

    On August 3, 2021, Loomis announced it would appoint a new Chief Diversity Officer.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On May 30, 2020, Loomis released a statement responding to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, stating, "We must educate ourselves as to the issues. We must double down on the promise to be inclusive and thoughtful in our curriculum and required readings. And, we must ensure that we are actively anti-racist by being mindful of our actions and getting the training that we need."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Loomis requires students to take a course on World History: Systems of Justice and Injustice.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 23, 2020, Loomis stated on Facebook, "In the latest 'Genuine Admissions' blog - The Journey from Ally to Accomplice - Amy Thompson reflects on the impact of systemic racism and explores ways to become an accomplice, both personally and professionally, in anti-racist work."

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 11, 2020, Loomis highlighted on Facebook a letter sent to the school regarding anti-racist initiatives. This post was also featured on its Twitter and Instagram accounts.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 3, 2020, Loomis stated on Facebook, "To commemorate George Floyd and others who have lost their lives to the horrific incidents of systemic racism in the United States, People Rising in Support of Multiculturalism (PRISM) invited students and faculty to participate in a school-wide protest by turning off their Zoom cameras and displaying hashtags in support of the movement." This post was also featured on its Twitter and Instagram accounts.

  • Admissions Policies

    On June 1, 2020, Loomis released a letter responding to the death of George Floyd on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Twitter and Instagram accounts.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 26, 2020, Loomis released a letter on Instagram describing its commitment to anti-racism training.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 2, 2020, Loomis participated in Blackout Tuesday on Instagram.

Last updated November 9th, 2021