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We will be away from school on Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year, we will begin a new tradition: an annual MLK Day Speaker Series. I’m delighted to announce that our inaugural speaker will be Angela Onwuachi-Willig, the dean of BU School of Law. Dean Onwuachi-Willig’s fascinating research explores the intersection of race and law, and she will be addressing our students, faculty, and staff at an all-school meeting on February 8.

As challenging as things are right now, the pandemic can’t distract us from the other critical work we do in school. This school, like many others, has a mission commitment to inclusion and preparing culturally competent citizens; that is not a luxury, it’s a promise. Our 9th and 10th graders are all engaged in a weekly seminar exploring identity, stereotype, bias, and privilege. Our alums work with our students in race-based affinity spaces. Students and faculty partner in our DEI committee to grow as individuals and think about how best to move our community forward. The work is never done, but we keep at it so that we can give our students the tools they will need and so that every student and family can feel like BUA is home.

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