For the Individual
For the Collective
Social Justice Committee
Launched in 2014, the Golden Bridges Social Justice Committee is an advisory and inquiry body made up of parents, faculty, and administrators committed to supporting Golden Bridges in becoming a truly beloved community.
The essential question that guides our work is:
What do we need to know, do and be to bring an anti-racist, intersectional social justice lens to every aspect of our school community?
Any adult member of our community (a parent of a child currently enrolled at Golden Bridges School or faculty or staff member) is welcome to attend a Social Justice Committee meeting at any time, without any expectation that they will continue to attend meetings.
Before your first meeting, we ask that you first read this article, which discusses our approach to communication: Changing the Discourse in Schools
Meetings are typically held monthly on Tuesdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
GBS Social Justice Priorities
In September 2021 we reaffirmed priorities for the Golden Bridges School community in our ongoing quest to become more inclusive and socially just. These priorities inform the work and planning of the Social Justice Committee.
Read our Priorities Memo
Committee & Governance
It is a priority of the Golden Bridges Social Justice Committee that our decision-making reflects our values, norms, and goals. We strive not to replicate systemic oppressive patterns that give white, cisgendered, heteronormative, and/or Judeo-Christian people more authority and power than people of color or other marginalized peoples.
We practice full transparency about decision-making and hold accountable the people who make decisions that impact the committee or the school community at large, as it relates to issues of social justice. Committee members or school community members who believe a decision made by the Social Justice Committee is harmful are invited to bring their concern to group facilitators/moderators.
Read our Governance Document.
Please contact Allyson Ritger for questions related to the Social Justice Committee.
Anti-Racist Curriculum Committee
The Antiracist Curriculum Committee (ARCC) was formed in the summer of 2020 by a group of Golden Bridges School teachers inspired to action by the national uprisings in response to George Floyd’s murder and police brutality against BIPOC.
The ARCC is faculty committee that meets bi-weekly to study a text and address living questions brought by faculty members relating to curriculum and/or classroom dynamics.
The committee started its work with several essential questions:
ARCC facilitates text-based conversations in monthly faculty meetings including bell hooks’, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom and Liz Kleinrock’s Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community.
"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences."