Independent Schools Association of the Southwest

Commitment to Equity and Justice

The recent killings of Black men and women in the U.S. have brought renewed attention to centuries-long, systemic racism and violence against Black communities. In unprecedented response, people and institutions across the country and world are acting to address racial inequality and demand structural change. ISAS stands with the Black community both within our association’s membership as well as throughout our region and the nation, embraces this sense of urgency, and deepens its commitment to the creation of a more just and equitable association and society.

As an accrediting association working with 95 schools in a six-state region, ISAS values and supports our Black students, families, educators, and professional staff. Living in a just and equitable society is a basic human right. Our Black community members deserve this, both in their school community and in the broader world. ISAS intends to be leaders in this effort, and we support our member schools that are modeling best practices in antiracist and culturally responsive teaching and learning while educating students who will become future agents of change.

Presently, ISAS is commencing a full review of all Standards for Membership, practices, and programs through the lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice. We will challenge and support our schools to be leaders against racism and injustice. In doing so, we pledge to foster safer, stronger, and more equitable school communities in our region.

 September 2020