As a strong community, UMA strives to enforce the values of teaching, learning, inclusion and diversity in a brave and safe space. This means not shying away from difficult conversations, whether they pertain to the world, country or our own school community. Over the past couple of weeks, you have been informed of two incidents that have challenged us to engage in these difficult conversations.
There have been many follow up conversations with students, parents/guardians, staff, and community members.
UMA is grateful for the ongoing counsel and support of the following community partners:
Equity Alliance Minnesota https://www.equityalliancemn.org/
Minnesota Education Equity Partnership https://www.mneep.org/
Minnesota School Safety Center https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/mn-school-safety-center/Pages/default.aspx
St. Paul Police Department https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/police
We will continue to learn and grow in every situation. We will also continue to provide brave space for listening and speaking about us as a school and what we need to change, strengthen, and repair together.
As a team we were able to reach out, investigate, process, and determine a course of action in each scenario. After that, we opened the communication and reflection up to the entire community and had more challenging conversations. Your questions, support, frustrations, suggestions, wonderings and connections have all helped us move forward as a community.
This year, the UMA Board is laying out a strategic plan for the next three to five years. Parents, guardians, students, staff and community partners will be given voice and opportunity to participate in a variety of ways throughout the planning and implementation. I encourage you to ask questions, voice concerns, bring ideas and support action through these opportunities. UMA is growing, strengthening and providing a space for all of us to flourish.
Thanks for your continued support for UMA -
Amy Erickson-Executive Director