Support for Marymount’s BIPOC Community and Upcoming Events
It has been a monumental week for our nation and ripples of emotions have subsequently impacted our Marymount community.
From the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, the death of Duante Wright to the most recent killing of Ma’Khia Bryant, a teenage girl from Columbus, Ohio - the days have been historical and laced with painful re-traumatizing experiences for many, especially those in BIPOC community. And while the conviction of Derek Chauvin is one step forward in an ongoing quest for accountability in our nation, it will not resolve the systemic injustices that led to George Floyd’s death.
As our students, faculty, and staff process all that has transpired, Marymount has planned a number of activities to serve as a support and safe space for all to share the pain, fear, and exasperation many have felt in recent months. We have been and will continue to be a safe and supportive community in the weeks and months ahead for all of our students, especially our BIPOC students, faculty, and staff.
On Tuesday, April 20, Marymount held a Community Prayer Vigil for Peace and Justice, led by the Campus Ministry team. Students shared their reflections on the loss of George Floyd, honored names of many other Black men and women who have died as a result of racial injustice and held space for peace and justice for all who face racial adversities. Faculty member, Janeatrie Gibson shared beautiful reflections of resilience in these times of dismal adversities - click here for a video with her remarks.
Over the next few days, Marymount will also host a series of Black Student/Faculty/Staff Affinity group meetings facilitated by Marymount alumna and current parent, Maureen Pitts Williams ‘89; Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSCW.
In addition, there will be two sessions for the Black Student/Faculty/Staff Alliance group, facilitated by Ms. DeMuro, Ms. Purpura, Mr. Baker, and Mr. Levine; Clinical Social Work/Therapist.
During the week of April 26, the Black Student Association (BSA) will also be hosting an event for students.
As a community of faith, we will continue to hold space for all who are greatly impacted including the loss of a sense of safety, due to racial violence and the abuse of power. We recognize the need to be transparent in our actions and the ways in which we are truly learning to connect with every Marymount student and community member.
We recognize that there is still work to be done, and we are making every effort to ensure that relevant information is regularly posted in the news section of our school website as it relates to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.