“We value the lives, lived experiences, contributions, and talents of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) with whom we work and serve and are striving to establish an organizational ethos that prioritizes humanity.”

View our full Equity Statement.

 

 

 

Human Rights and Social Justice Committee

Updates from the AMI/USA Human Rights and Social Justice Committee

June 9, 2021: We are seeking 8 additional Human Rights and Social Justice advisors to the committee across all racial, cultural and social backgrounds. Click here to submit your interest form.

February 4, 2021: A New Year, A New Human Rights & Social Justice Narrative for AMI/USA

October 19, 2020: AMI/USA Announces Human Rights & Social Justice Adviser

September 8, 2020: Social Justice Webinar Series AMI/USA is excited to learn alongside our community through a series of four free webinars focusing on issues of race, bias and injustice through a Montessori lens. Listen, learn, share and connect with experts and peers as we work to make Montessori spaces more inclusive and accessible.

July 22, 2020: AMI/USA Announces Human Rights and Social Justice Committee

Equity and Inclusion Resources

Since the inception of its new website, AMI/USA has been continually curating a library of resources for parents and educators on equity and inclusion. We hope that these resources are beneficial to you and are happy to receive suggestions for additional resources to add to our ever-growing library. Please email us a montessori@amiusa.org if you have any suggested resources to share.

Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) Forum

As AMI/USA moves forward to realize the vision articulated in our Equity Statement, 2021, we invite you to participate in our new Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) forum.  This will be an on-going opportunity for all stakeholders to lend their perspectives and voices to our equity work. This forum will be a space for you to constructively raise pertinent issues that can help guide AMI/USA in our justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) goals and participate in the HRSJ Committee meetings. All submissions related to the practices and principles outlined in the Equity Statement will be reviewed by the AMI/USA HRSJ Advisor and the AMI/USA HRSJ Committee.

Click here to make a submission to the Forum.

Make your submission at least one week prior to the earliest scheduled HRSJ Committee meeting. Upcoming meeting dates: 

  • July 25, 2021
  • October 24, 2021
  • January 23, 2022
  • April 24, 2022

What Should I Expect After I Make a Submission via the Forum?

  • You will receive a notification that your submission has been received. 
  • Our HRSJ Advisor will respond to your submission within 3-4 business days. The advisor may ask you for additional information.
  • You may be invited to attend a HRSJ Committee meeting and share live with the Committee. If so, details will be forwarded prior to the meeting.
  • After the HRSJ Committee meeting, a formal letter outlining actions and resolutions will indicate closure.

News and Updates

AMI/USA Equity Statement Forum

Join us on Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm ET (4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT) as we discuss the AMI/USA Equity Statement that was released in February and serves as our commitment to building a just, equitable, diverse and more inclusive organization.

Location

Online – Visit https://amiusa.org/event/ami-usa-equity-statement-forum/ for details and registration.

Webinar Master

AMI/USA

AMI/USA Welcomes New Board Members – January 21, 2021

The AMI/USA Board of Directors would like to announce the selection of Dallas Nelson, Jacqui Miller, and Barbara Williams to serve on the Board of Directors. We had a robust response to our call for nominations and these individuals were selected from a pool of excellent candidates.

Dallas, Jacqui and Barbara’s personal strengths, breadth of experience and diverse perspectives strengthen and widen our AMI/USA leadership. Dallas, Jacqui and Barbara are deeply connected to the communities they serve and bring their thoughtful, active and steadfast leadership to AMI/USA at a time great change and transition for our organization.

Please click here to read about Dallas, Jacqui and Barbara below and join us in welcoming them to the AMIUSA board of directors.

Click here to view our staff and Board profiles.

AMI/USA Supports the Black Montessori Educational Fund – July 3, 2020

AMI/USA is pleased to be among the first major donors to the Black Montessori Educational Fund launched on July 3, 2020 by Mentors of Minorities in Education (M.O.M.I.E.) board member Dr. Ayize Sabater.  The initiative aims to raise one-million dollars to “drastically increase Black exposure, expenditure and expertise around Montessori.”  AMI/USA Board member KaLinda Bass-Barlow spoke at the launch ceremony where the organization made its “Ella Jo Baker – Transforming Systems Pledge.” Please click here to continue reading.

Statement from Board Chair – June 2, 2020

On June 2, 2020, former AMI/USA Board Chair, Gretchen Hall, issued a statement in relation to current events:

This is an extraordinarily difficult time for our nation. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbury, Breonna Taylor and so many who came before are tragic reminders of the systemic racism and injustice that continues to exist in our culture. We acknowledge the profound grief, pain, anger, and injustice felt across the Black community and in our AMI/USA community. The tragic deaths of our fellow citizens have laid bare racial inequity, challenged our humanity and left us emotionally raw. A call for systemic change is loud and clear, not just in the US, but also around the world.

AMI/USA denounces racism and stands beside all of those who work on behalf of social justice. We recommit to our mission and work to affect meaningful change — to unpack hierarchy, privilege, bias, and structures that benefit certain communities and disadvantage others through our programs and services. We stand unyielding in our commitment to critically interrogate systemic racism and unconscious bias in our organization and in our community. We recognize we have much work to do.

Please click here to continue reading.