A Message of Solidarity from Steppingstone and NPEA

A Message of Solidarity from Steppingstone and NPEA

Dear Steppingstone and NPEA Friends,

We are heartbroken and outraged by the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and the tragic deaths of so many other Black Americans that have occurred as a result of generations of systemic racism and police brutality in this country. Steppingstone and the National Partnership for Educational Access are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and today, we stand together to confront and oppose all forms of racism. We acknowledge that we still have work to do to deepen this commitment in every facet of our work, and we are prepared to listen, learn, and grow in the service of this mission.

Steppingstone is a vital and diverse community, comprising Scholars, families, staff, faculty, partners, supporters, and members of NPEA, and we rely on each other to ensure that our community thrives. As we all grapple with the enormity of what has happened, the individual and collective voices must be heard. We are providing support to Scholars, their families, and our staff over the coming days and creating opportunities to discuss what has happened, to grieve together, and to take care of each other.

We know that rallies and protests continue to happen across the country. Whether or not you participate in these events directly, we hope you stay safe and we stand with you. On behalf of Steppingstone and NPEA, we want you to know our commitment to fighting racism and dismantling systems of inequity is constant, as is our dedication to fostering a diverse and inclusive community that honors the essential value of every individual.