AMI/USA Equity Statement Forum
June 9, 2021
On Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm ET (4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT) we discussed 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. The goals of the forum were to:
The AMI/USA Equity Statement was written after collaboration and many discussions with AMI/USA leadership and other stakeholders. The document is intended to inform the social justice arm of our organization and to serve as a foundational document that reflects Maria Montessori’s activism. “Before the first Casa de Bambini in 1907, Dr. Montessori was already widely known as an advocate for social reform and the rights of children, and as an early feminist, speaking at national and international women’s conferences in 1896, 1899, and 1908. She spoke about and advocated for equal pay, equal social status, and voting rights for women, and for the rights of all children, but especially children with disabilities. Her book Education and Peace collects a career’s worth of speeches and writings about education as a force for social change which could bring about a more peaceful world, with just relations throughout humanity.”
This forum is an opportunity for our community to pose questions and thoughts about this ever-evolving declaration of human rights activism as we rededicate ourselves to continue the work of Maria Montessori and the efforts of AMI/USA “to establish an organizational ethos that prioritizes humanity.”
Discussion and Q&A
We invite you to read the statement prior to the forum and have it available during the discussion.
Click here to read the statement.