A Message from the Tauck Family Foundation
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
The tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black men and women before them, are the most recent events in a long history of entrenched racism in our country. The protests in Bridgeport and other cities and towns throughout the country reveal the raw grief, pain, anger, loss, and frustration that many feel, as well as demonstrate a collective need and desire for systemic and institutional change. These events occur amid a public health pandemic and global economic crisis which are also disproportionately affecting communities of color. Our nation, our communities, our families, and our students are hurting.
The Foundation’s Board and staff stand with our partners, the entire Bridgeport community, and beyond, whose work to support Bridgeport students and young people to thrive and reach their full potential is now more important than ever.
As a learning organization, we will continue to approach our mission’s work with humility and respect; engage with and listen to Bridgeport students, families, and community members to better understand their lived experiences; include and elevate the voices of those most impacted by structural oppression and racism; and seek to be actively anti-racist in all facets of our work, both internally and externally. We will continue to invest in efforts that support diversity, equity, and inclusion; restorative practices; and family and community engagement which align with our desire to promote anti-racism in education. We will look within our own organization to educate ourselves, better understand and address our privilege, have uncomfortable conversations, and simply do better.
We want to express our solidarity with the Black community, all communities of color, our partners in Bridgeport, and those around the country standing up for justice and equity. Your voices matter. We are listening. We are with you.
In partnership and in pursuit of a better future,
The staff and Board of the Tauck Family Foundation