The following email was sent to the Taft Community on March 17.
Dear Taft Community,
As I write, I hope you are enjoying some time to recharge after the winter term and to look forward to our return for the spring. For those of you studying remotely, I am sure the respite from daily classes is welcome as well--and we look forward to reconnecting soon.
I write to say a few words about the anti-Asian and anti-Asian-American violence that this nation has seen recently. The acts are horrific and wrong, and they are deeply disturbing.
It is impossible to witness these events and not think of the work and opportunity we have at Taft. As I have written in the past, Taft is a place guided by our mission to educate the whole student – every student should feel at home at Taft. I am proud of the hard and good work we have done in the past year as we strive to make Taft a school where all students and employees feel safe and valued and that they belong. There is yet more to do; the work will never end. And everyone has a role. I have faith we are a school that can and must graduate leaders who will serve and better the world. So, when we see acts of intolerance and hatred outside our walls, it's hard not to see how important our work is--every day and everywhere.
To students, specifically, I would like to say that we are here, as always, to support you. Please reach out to a trusted adult if you feel that you need someone to speak with.
I look forward to school resuming after the March break, so that we can be together, physically and virtually, to do the work of our school.
Willy/ Mr. Mac
William R. MacMullen '78
Head of School, The Taft School