Moving Forward Together as Brothers
The Moving Forward Together as Brothers initiative is the structure and process by which McCallie institutionally will listen, self-reflect, and chart a path forward to address racial bias, prejudice, and inequity in our school community and the world. Our work will be carefully aligned with our mission, ideals, and values. We will develop the knowledge, skills, and mindset of anti-racism as well as a historical understanding of systemic racism and its legacies. We will learn to actively promote justice, respect, and equity in our school community and beyond.
The boys that are at McCallie today will shape and lead the world in a myriad of ways once they leave our care. As a school we have the responsibility and opportunity to develop in them the desire, knowledge, skills, and character to make a positive difference in the world. This includes helping them become creative and critical thinkers who are aware of and consciously addressing their identities, bias, prejudices, and blindspots. Through their education and experience at McCallie, we will help them develop the cross-cultural competency needed to fully engage in the complex realities of society.
We are fortunate that we have a diverse community, with boys and families from around the world with a multitude of racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, and other backgrounds, identities, and beliefs. We imbue an authentic sense of brotherhood and community in our boys. By intentionally learning and practicing anti-racism and inclusiveness in our school community, our boys will gain knowledge, skills, and experience for their lives beyond the McCallie campus.
To ensure that every boy, regardless of his race, ethnicity, religion, or background, has the fullness of the McCallie experience is our moral obligation. By doing this vital and necessary work – listening carefully, asking difficult questions, being uncomfortable, facing up to and learning from our shortcomings and mistakes, and loving and forgiving – we will help McCallie more fully realize its mission and more fully embody our ideals of Honor, Truth, and Duty.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the steering committee is to integrate information and insights from the task forces, measure progress, secure resources and funding, and manage overall communication of the initiative to various constituent groups. The steer committee meets with the task force leaders every two weeks to hear about the work of their group, offer suggestions, and facilitate connections between the task forces.
Lee Burns, Chair, Head of School
Kenny Sholl, Assistant Head of School
Steve Hearn, Vice President for Advancement
Jamie Baker, Director of Market Analysis and Strategic Messaging
Task Force Leaders