Tuesday, November 16, 2021
To members of the Belmont Day School community:
The outpouring of expressions of sadness and concern over my abrupt resignation from Belmont Day last week has left me feeling overwhelmed with gratitude and also with regret that things have come to this.
I also feel obliged to address the request from so many to know the reasons for my departure.
When a person of color leaves an independent school, questions arise, narratives emerge and often compete, and too often the whole and true story of the person who departed is never known. Too often the school tells a story about personal reasons or new opportunities or, subtly, the inability of the departed employee to find ways to work and live with sufficient comfort or success within the impeccable school community.
Never does the institution offer a narrative for the departure of a person of color that includes what might have gone wrong on its side of the equation.
I am working on a clear statement of what led to my resignation, and I will provide it as soon as I can. For now, please know
I am well, all things considered.
I am so sad to have had to leave so abruptly.
I did not and would not leave because I got impatient with the pace of DEI work. I’m deeply disappointed that such a false characterization of my reasons for leaving - one that implies that I gave up and you weren't good enough - has been propagated.
I left because I could not be a party to actions and inaction concerning the welfare and dignity of some of the most vulnerable members of society and the BDS community.
You are welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will always be happy to hear from you.
I’m deeply deeply sorry to have had to leave you.