Member support for the work of ACR with SAA board

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Caroline Salisbury said: Aug 31, 2020
Caroline SalisburyInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
San Gabriel, CA
2 posts

To our colleagues on the SAA board, and the membership at large,

Guided by the vision of our mentor, Dr. Suzuki, our movement is rightly embracing the ways we can improve our organization so that Every Child Can, Every Teacher Can, and Every Parent Can by addressing and repairing systemic inequalities that divide people from marginalized racial groups away from accessibility and opportunity.

Undoing generations of inequality is something we all must do at individual and communal levels by raising our racial literacy to understand and speak about the issues with fluency, and by raising our racial stamina to stay involved in difficult conversations.  As we build our racial literacy and stamina, our community (teachers, trainers, parents, board members) will be better equipped to bring about transformational change in our organization as a whole.

Our membership, teachers, teacher trainers, board members and parents need support for developing racial literacy and stamina.  Adding training to the ECC course would be an excellent step to ensure all new teachers and parents in our movement are properly oriented to our values!

As a precursor to transformative action in our institution, a critical component for developing literacy and stamina is to honor the leadership of the members on the Advisory Committee on Race.  Without having teachers from racial minority groups (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color) in positions of leadership and closer to the nexus of decision-making power, our racial justice initiatives are just repackaging existing inequality. We must radically change our systems from the inside out, not only our feelings and rhetoric.   

The invaluable perspective and willingness to lead our progress offered up by Marla Majett, Carolina Borja, and Andrea Kelley is a gift to our whole community. Their leadership must be respected, their recommendations must be followed, and they should be honored for their time and dedication. Though the members of the committee have not sought remuneration for their labor, best practices today include compensating Black, Indigenous and other Peoples of Color for their time and labor to bring racial diversity to councils addressing racial inclusivity in institutions. 

It is unacceptable for our board leadership to promote solutions or programs regarding racial inclusivity or in building racial literacy and stamina in our community that have not been made in full collaboration with the members of our ACR. Additionally, the members of the ACR should have institutional power to lead all further initiatives and make recommendations for wide and lasting impact.

Beyond our systemic improvements to the organization at large, as led by members of the ACR, all teacher members, including trainers, must be engaged in individual transformation by building personal literacy and stamina.  We can build our literacy with the following process: with intentional empathy and without fragility, Listen – Learn – Change – Act.

We can LISTEN to teachers from marginalized racial groups by reading and watching their words and perspectives. We LEARN by looking for ways to be impacted by what we hear. We CHANGE by internalizing what we hear, LISTEN to, and LEARN, and invite an improvement of heart, thought, and behavior. We ACT by letting this change inform our behavior to do less harm today than we did yesterday.  Repeat today, tomorrow, and forever.

A key component of Dr. Suzuki’s genius was his drive for innovation – in how he embraced a “New Idea!”  We honor his memory when we innovate and create new ideas based on new information. With the guidance from our ACR, we can innovate our movement with better ideas to nurture with love the communities we have traditionally underserved.  We plead with our leaders and membership to respect the authority, wisdom and expertise of the generous teachers on the ACR by following their recommendations and supporting their vision for a more inclusive SAA.

With hope and love,

  1. Caroline Salisbury
  2. Kristina Turner
  3. Julie Bamberger Roubik 
  4. Laura Reichardt Geissler
  5. Chloe Helene Groth
  6. Laurie Niles
  7. Jentry Barrett
  8. Ryan Caparella 
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  10. Carole Kane 
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