Since June 2020, the IA’s Dismantling Racism Student Association has been working with students, staff and the community to develop an anti-racist statement for the tri-campus International Academy that represents their overall voice while simultaneously supporting the IB’s mission “to create a better and more peaceful world.”
The statement is as follows:
The International Academy condemns all forms of racism and discrimination, both covert and overt, institutionalized and systemic - it stands firmly against all types of social injustices, including but not limited to those on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, religious or spiritual beliefs, physical ability, socioeconomic status, and ideology. Additionally, the International Academy community institutes a Zero Indifference approach with respect to discrimination on any basis.
We strive to create an inclusive environment where all individuals receive the respect, support, safety, and acceptance to nurture growth and aid in the development of globally-minded people. The International Academy is committed to valuing the diversity in our community and promoting a growth-mindset, empowerment, and equity for all individuals. Moreover, we are devoted to challenging the historical roots that contribute to the existing framework of oppression and injustice in our society and dismantling racism in our community. It is our ultimate goal to cultivate an inclusive learning community whose members – staff, families, and students alike – hold the tools to dismantle systemic injustices themselves, sharing these skills and tools with others as lifelong learners.