Please sign this letter to support Racial, Gender, and Economic Diversity at Hunter here:  https://tinyurl.com/y7ttqf7f



                                                                                                                                                                                                                          June 19, 2020

To the Hunter College High School (“HCHS”) student community,

The members of the Hunter College High School Alumnae/i Association (“HCHSAA”), its Board of Directors, and members of its Diversity Committee, read your June 4, 2020 letter* addressed to the administration of Hunter College High School.

The Racial, Gender, and Economic Diversity of Hunter students are essential to our mission at the HCHSAA. Despite efforts to address these issues through the years, your letter has made clear that there is a great deal of work to be done.

We hear you.

You provided us deep insight into the current student experience at Hunter and the ways in which improved diversity will benefit the student body as a whole. The statistics cited in your letter, particularly that the percentages of Black, Latinx, and low-income students in the school today are an order of magnitude lower than those in New York City’s public school system,  are as troubling to us as they are to you. They demonstrate that the lack of diversity has been a persistent issue and has deteriorated to an unacceptable level.

We are heartened by your optimism that these issues can be addressed and encouraged by your understanding that the administration can and should be an ally for progress.

We support you.

We want you to know that the HCHSAA, representing nearly 14,000 Hunterites, supports your goal of fostering an environment that nurtures all Hunter students. We believe that your letter can serve as a starting point to compel and assist the broader Hunter community to work together towards a more diverse and inclusive environment at Hunter.

The Board and the Diversity Committee, along with the undersigned alumnae/i, welcome the opportunity to collaborate, with you and the administration, to improve Hunter's recruitment, admission, and retention systems. The HCHSAA is uniquely situated at the intersection of Hunter’s past, present, and future. We want to use this position to serve as a bridge between students, alumnae/i, and the administration.

We will use our capabilities and resources to back our words with actions on these issues. While we have supported a number of diversity programs both inside and outside the school, we recognize that more needs to be done to effect meaningful change. We have committed to significantly increase that support, having recently approved a plan to match the funds of an upcoming capital campaign with an equal amount applied towards diversity initiatives, and are optimistic that, together, we can make meaningful progress.

In particular, we believe that we can work to help recruit, retain, and advance Black, Latinx, and low-income students. We will also provide support to the administration’s efforts to diversify our faculty and adjunct faculty over time. We can and will continue to listen to you and help give voice to the curriculum and admissions concerns you have raised.

We were impressed by the clarity and resolve of your letter and we are sharing it with the broader alumnae/i community in the spirit of encouraging all Hunterites to get involved and keep the momentum you have started moving forward.

The path towards change is not always easy, but it is a noble journey. We are committed to walking together with you towards a better, brighter, and diverse Hunter.

 

In solidarity,   

 

Raymond Tsao ‘84
President, HCHSAA


Judith Daniel-George ‘79

Chair, HCHSAA Diversity Committee

 

The Board of Directors, HCHSAA

Add your signature here: https://tinyurl.com/y7ttqf7f



* The original June 4, 2020 student letter to the administration can be found here

The HCHSAA is an independent volunteer and charitable organization focused on the Recruitment, Development, and Advancement of the gifted students and alumnae/i of Hunter College High School. We are a New York State 501(c)3 non-profit organization.