Menlo News January 18, 2022

Menlo Unity Week

“When Menlo is tested, Menlo responds.”  We celebrated Unity Week with a calendar of events focused on belonging, inclusion, joy, and connection.

As a school, we are engaged in the constant pursuit of change, striving to not only create an impactful learning ethos, but also position everyone to feel understood, valued, cared for, and authentically seen, and to know they belong as a contributing member of our school.

Unity Week launched with an opening video featuring an introduction by Maya D. ’23 and a soulful musical performance by Louisa M. ’22. 

The week’s events included a “Latte on the Loop” morning that brought us together over some sweet treats, an advocacy lesson that saw us engaging in productive, constructive, and collaborative conversations about the meaning of authentic belonging, and an all-school assembly celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Hosted by the Black Student Union (BSU), this assembly took as its theme Black Excellence: finding joy and connection in what you do and who you are. 

BSU members and their allies celebrated the achievements of historical Black figures and interviewed a group of panelists with deep wisdom to share: their parents, the unsung heroes who are raising the next generation of world-changers and teaching them the life skills they will need to thrive in the future. Parent interviewees shared their insights on collecting a group of allies and supporters, flourishing even in the face of overt racism, the joy of giving back to one’s community, and the importance of saying yes to new challenges and opportunities. 

Keith Wheeler, Chief of Institutional Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, closed the week with a statement reflecting not only on the connections we made throughout the week but also on the perseverance and flexibility of the organizers who brought us all together during uncertain times.