What is Doing the Work: Equity and Engagement at Cathedral

This community week, in the vein of Spirit Week in May 2020 and Cathedral History Week in November 2020, will demonstrate the scope of our Equity and Engagement curriculum, from Kindergarten through 8th Grade and beyond, and invite all members of our community, including students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and more, to engage more deeply in the work of anti-racism, equity, and justice. 
This webpage will be updated with videos and new content throughout the week, so check back often. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram as well! 
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement by emailing doingthework@cathedralnyc.org.
Thank you for engaging in this vital work!

Monday, February 22 - Friday, February 26

Doing the Work Events

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  • Learn more about the Cathedral Alumni Focus Group

    This fall, Cathedral launched its Anti-Racism Action Plan, which identifies both short- and long-term goals across five immediate areas of focus: Students and Curriculum, Employees, Alumni, Community, and the Board of Trustees. As a part of this plan, the school invites all alumni and parents of alumni to take part in a Focus Group, during which we hope to learn from you and your Cathedral experiences:
    • What were the formative parts of your/your child's Cathedral education that prepared you to engage in a multi-racial world in an anti-racist fashion? 
    • What was missing from that educational experience?
    Questions? Contact alumni@cathedralnyc.org

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  • Learn more about the Parent Equity Club

    Dear Parents,
    The POSOC and PA are teaming up to form a special Equity Club for parents. The club is akin to a monthly book club, but we plan to discuss all kinds of content related to equity. We want to talk about that issue, and we want to talk about it together. Our goal is to get to know each other, share our perspectives, and become a closer community that values equity and equality.   
    The club’s first book will be Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, a #1 New York Times Bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club pick. Come to this first session to learn about the club and our first book selection. This is simply an introductory session and doesn’t obligate you to join the club, so come-one, come all! 

    The Zoom link for this session will be made available in the 2/21 PA Notes and 2/23 Peacock Post as well as the Doing the Work eblast parents received on 2/19.
    Thanks so much,
    POSOC and PA
  • Learn more about the club’s first read, Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

    In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

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  • Learn more about the Absalom Jones Evensong

    This annual Evensong honors The Rev. Absalom  Jones, an abolitionist, community organizer, and clergyman who was born into slavery in 1746. He taught himself to read, purchased his wife’s freedom, and then his own in 1783. He later founded the Free African Society with Richard Allen and went on to become the first African-American priest ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1802. Absalom Jones’s lifelong work denouncing slavery and oppression serves as an inspiration for The Cathedral School’s ongoing commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion.

    The full community will receive a link to the Absalom Jones Evensong recording for personal viewing on Friday, February 26.
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