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At the heart of GAC is the desire to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).  

GAC stands against racism in any form, whether in word or deed, whether overt or systemic.  Racism is a sin against our fellow human beings, and against God.  We will teach our children to stand against racism, hold ourselves and our students accountable surrounding racism, and continue to change ourselves and our practices, as we continue to learn more.  As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:26, “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” We make a lasting commitment to keep learning about inequity, and to improve ourselves and our school to more fully live out the love of Christ for all people.

Our goal is to make meaningful progress now and for the future of our children. We are listening to our parents and students, past and present. We are grateful for their hearts and their desire to help GAC move forward. We plan to continue to provide opportunities to listen to members of our community. 

- Dr. Scott Harsh, GAC President
June 10, 2020

Action Steps:

We are committed to growth both as individuals and as a collective body of GAC. We acknowledge that our words will ring hollow without tangible actions. Some of the steps we have taken to date include the following: 

  • We are actively listening to the voices of our Black community about the pain of racism they have experienced.  We will continue to be attuned to their hurt and frustration and remain committed to growth. We are grateful for the courage of so many who have shared their experiences and insight with us. We will not tolerate racism of any kind, and we will do more to fight against it, together.
  • In 2018, GAC began the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force with the goal of intentional discussions and actions to improve inclusion among the GAC student body.  
  • During the 2019-2020 school year, GAC Administrators and members of the Inclusion Task Force received intensive inclusion and diversity training from an external EDI consultant.  Faculty members’ professional development included Responsive Teaching training (which includes diversity and inclusion). 
  • In March 2020, Charles Edwards was asked to move from Middle School Principal to be full time Director of Diversity & Inclusion which allows for more focused efforts in the area of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), including leading the Inclusion Task Force.
  • Dr. Harsh sent letters regarding our beliefs around anti-racism to our current parents and faculty staff in June 2020, and to every alumni in July, 2020.  We added an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) page on our website.
  • We also surveyed parents of current students to provide an opportunity for feedback specifically on the areas of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, in order to gain insight as to where we have done well in the past, as well as where we need to grow and change. 
  • We have committed financial resources that are solely dedicated to support the initiatives necessary in this important work.
  • An external consultant has been hired to work with a GAC committee and is in the process of reviewing curriculum and creating a program for students with an eye towards equity, diversity, and inclusion.  
  • Another external consultant has been contracted to conduct additional training for all faculty during the 2020-2021 school year in the area of EDI, intercultural competencies, and anti-racism.
  • The Student-Parent Handbook is also being assessed with an awareness for equity and inclusion.
  • Additionally, discipline procedures are being reviewed by a new committee that will serve in an advisory role with future discipline issues involving racism, inclusion, and equity to ensure consistency across school levels.
  • A new Alumni Advisory Committee for EDI has been created from a group of alumni across a broad range of graduation years who will visit with us in the area of equity, diversity and inclusion. 

We Want to Hear From You

As we continue to work as a school community to ensure each student feels valued, your feedback is an important part of the process. We invite you to share your experiences. Thank you for working with us on this important endeavor.
 

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Charles Edwards

“We know that we are only as strong as our most vulnerable. It’s in challenging times like this that we must forgo comfort and convenience in order to continue the hard work of creating a climate and culture where every member of the GAC community feels supported and uplifted. This will be the ultimate measure of our mission and the legacy we leave behind—how we love and honor Christ through the way we fully love and honor one another.”

Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Letters from the President

July 16, 2020

Dear GAC Alumni,

I hope you and each of your family members are healthy and well. This is a busy time on the GAC campus as we prepare for the start of another school year. As we are planning for the opening of school in August, this summer’s preparations have required additional careful considerations to provide for the health and safety of our students in new ways.

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June 10, 2020

Dear GAC Family,

I continue to be brokenhearted by all that has unfolded in recent weeks across our nation. I grieve with others for the families of victims like Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd and those whose names we do not know who have suffered needlessly. I wish that racism, and the violence that rises from it, hadn’t caused their senseless suffering and deaths. I want to continue to move to a place where all members of our Black community feel safe and valued. Yet “wishing” things were different brings no progress. We’ve got real work to do.  In America. In every institution. In the Church. In every school and college. And, yes, absolutely—in GAC.

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June 1, 2020

Dear GAC Family,

During the past two months, we have faced the hardship and challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic together. The disruption and loss have been real.  Our GAC community experienced the loss of family members, economic hardship, interruption of daily life, and uncertainty about the future. But we stuck together, transitioned to online learning, stayed connected, and finished the year unified. Now, in the midst of this ongoing health crisis, we’ve been reminded of another crisis, one that has been going on for far too long. Like all of you, I have struggled to process the senseless, heartbreaking killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. And so many other needless tragedies, less well known, but just as agonizing. 

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Did You Know?

GAC is blessed with a diverse school community that strives to be a reflection of Christian Atlanta. We remain committed to continuing to grow in our hiring and retention of a diverse, highly qualified, faithful team.

Meet the Inclusion Task Force

Commissioned in the fall of 2018, the primary goal of the GAC Inclusion Task Force is to improve the school’s cultural climate for all students, faculty, and staff. Meeting regularly, the task force seeks to identify needs and implement initiatives that reinforce God’s values of diversity and inclusion throughout the GAC community.

Charles Edwards

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Tina Bullard

Associate Director of Development

Leonard Burks

Teacher

James Chupp

Director of School Life

Thomas Dixon

Principal of Middle School

Crystal Downs

Academic Dean & Instructional Lead Teacher

Rebekah Gilliard

Counselor

Tim Hardy

Athletic Director

Orpheus Heyward

Teacher

Susan Kim

Teacher

Natalia Medina

Teacher

Kristy Shelton

Assistant Athletic Director & Teacher

Annabelle Townsend

Nurse

Michael Washington

Teacher

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