Indigenous Peoples have made essential contributions to the history, culture, and economy of Minnesota. Today, we honor the experiences, resiliency, and rich legacy of Indigenous Peoples across the country. Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Breck is committed to the values and work of diversity, equity, and inclusion within every aspect of school life. We know that a thriving community is one that is diverse, embracing the richness of varying perspectives and leaning into the discourse that comes with difference. While diversity is an expression of different identities, both visible and invisible, equity is the work to ensure that all of our community members have access to all the opportunities our institution provides. And inclusion is the work to ensure that every community member has a deep sense of belonging within our school community.
We believe that it is only through a commitment to DEI work that all of our graduates will embrace a life of intellectual curiosity, self knowledge, and social responsibility. When this is not achieved for one, this is not lived for all.
Following a year-long discovery process with equity partner Design Impact, Breck has developed our Community Commitments. These are specific action steps that were developed by community members, for community members and articulate our work toward a school culture of equity and belonging.
Following a year-long discovery process with equity partner Design Impact, Breck has developed our Community Commitments. These are specific action steps that were developed by community members, for community members and articulate our dream for our school culture and practice of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work. For a quick summary, check out this document.
We know as an educational institution that the practice of healthy discourse is essential to the learning environment. Over a two-year period, we spoke with students, teachers, and parents about what discourse should look and feel like. Our Discourse with Dignity document outlines our commitment to honor the dignity of one another as a part of our culture of discourse.
The Melrose Family Center for Leadership and Equity is a cross-divisional brave space where students, faculty, and staff explore crucial issues of equity, leadership, joy, and restoration, shaping the daily health of our school community. At the intersection of leadership and equity, we center our initiatives and efforts in service to the whole Breck community. Through community programming, affinity groups, leadership curriculum, professional development, and more, we work to increase the capacity of all community members to engage in critical conversations about identity, equity, and social justice.
Questions connect with Dr. Chéleah Googe, Melrose Center Director of Leadership and Equity and Jordan Zickermann, Dean of Equity.
On Saturday, March 5, Breck hosted the 2022 Minnesota Independent Schools Diversity Career Fair.
This week, Oasis led Breck’s Upper School Chapel. The affinity group members reflected over the past calendar year and shared important events and themes month by month.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the ceiling-shattering legislation that protected individuals from discrimination in athletics based on their gender and paved the way for female-identifying athletes to play and compete in athletics. Breck is taking time to reflect on the opportunities Title IX afforded our community and the extraordinary accomplishments of our athletes.
Happy Lunar New Year! We enjoyed spending time with students across all divisions at Breck as they did activities in their Chinese classes. We also met with the Asian Affinity Group for MS & US to talk about identity and vision cast for the future.
The Upper School and Middle School Jewish Affinity Group students presented during their chapels to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Today Breck celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at our MLK All School Chapel and MLK Symposium (Upper School).
On October 8, Breck's Middle School chapel featured Indigenous identifying students presenting about Indigenous Peoples' Day and sharing why they are proud to be Native.
On September 24, Breck partnered with our friends Vusumuzi and Nothando Zulu of the Black Storytellers Alliance (BSA) to co-host the 31st Annual Black Storytellers Alliance School Festival.
Thank you to all our parents, alumni, and friends of Breck who joined us for the 9.24 Community Commitments Share-Out presentation.
The Series - Courageous Conversations: Racism and Anti-Racism continues with Session 2: The Impact of Racism on Children on December 16. This event will be hosted by the Parent Education Committee.
Breck recognizes the month of November as Native American Heritage Month. In our weekly newsletter, we're sharing more information about Indigenous communities.
Courageous Conversations: Racism and Anti-Racism at Breck will be hosted by the Parent Association on October 28, 2020.
During faculty and staff workshop, over 200 Breck faculty and staff members attended a training facilitated by the Center for Racial Justice in Education