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    The Whitman Racial Equity Team (RET) is made up of a small group of SEA and non-SEA school staff to focus on implementing the district’s Racial Equity Policy #0030. Whitman’s RET participates in racial equity literacy trainings twice per month to support the analysis of individual, institutional, and structural racism that is contributing to school wide disproportionality. In addition to our Racial Equity Team’s work, Whitman’s administration team works closely with other school teams to center racial equity in school wide initiatives including ASB student events and activities, family and community gatherings, and whole staff professional development sessions.

    Whitman also has a “Whitman Equity Team,” a group started by Whitman families. The Whitman Equity Team supports and partners with the Staff RET, as outlined in the draft mission-vision statement posted here

    Seattle Public Schools’ Strategic Plan "Seattle Excellence" is described on the SPS website here and states the plan is "focused on supporting students of color who are furthest away from educational justice, beginning with African American boys and teens. Our work is not about changing students. This work is about changing broken systems and undoing legacies of racism in public education. By actively addressing racism in our educational system - and ensuring students furthest from educational justice thrive - conditions in Seattle Public Schools will improve for all."

    The following is a partial list of activities of our equity teams at Whitman. Please check the Whitman Calendar for opportunities to participate and support our efforts.

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    Black Lives Matter at Whitman

    This year, Whitman PTSA is partnering with The Tshirt Men Company to offer Whitman BLM shirts, hoodies, and masks. The TSM Shop is a small, Black-owned print shop located in Tacoma that does great work for their local community: http://thetsmshop.com/about.

    Swag will be available for pick up from Whitman during the week of February 1-6.

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    Library Support

    At Whitman, we recognize that antiracism takes ongoing work and conversation. In partnership with librarian, Shelly Macer, the Whitman Equity Team has started a book club and has assembled resources to support Black History Month. For more information visit the Library page here.