We demand tangible action from St. Mary's International School administration

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On June 3, 2020, a Seisen International School class of 2017 alumni published a post on her Instagram platform detailing the racism, sexism, transphobia, and homophobia perpetrated by all boys’ schools. The post pointed to St. Mary’s International School (SMIS) as a primary example. The post has amassed over 13,000 views, 1,000 likes, and 800 comments in three days. 

Following the publication of the post, we have created the Unlearn Initiative which seeks to promote active anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-classism, and anti-homophobia by reforming the education system in international schools in the Kanto Plains area such that students can “unlearn” their internalized prejudices.

The Unlearn Initiative has amassed over 100 testimonies and pieces of evidence from women in the Kanto Plains international school system on the acts of racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, and classism committed by SMIS students.

SMIS also has a history of prejudice that has consistently been ignored and covered up by administrators of the school, proven by the testimonies we have received. Please also see the following article:

The Price of Male Fragility and Sexual Harassment at St. Mary's

We demand SMIS administration take immediate, institutional, and long-lasting action to finally address the historic and perpetuating prejudice that is rampant in the school.

We demand the following stipulations, shortened here (please see the full version here : Full proposal )

  • Redesign the SMIS academic curriculum to foster empathy and curiosity towards the experiences and perspectives of people with different genders, races, sexual orientations and class backgrounds through an intersectional lens
  • Redesign the Personal Life Management curriculum to encourage community-based reflection, in order to promote constructive self-criticism and self-awareness, placing an emphasis on mental health; managing emotions and coping with failure; consent and relationship; racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism and other forms of discrimination; toxic masculinity; communication habits; and bullying
  • Create extra-curricular exchanges with Seisen International School (SIS) and the International School of the Sacred Heart (ISSH) in which students can work alongside peers of other genders and become familiar with seeing them as their intellectual equals. 
  • Enforce a disciplinary code that establishes a culture of long-term introspection and collective accountability, to replace the historical precedent of hiding mistakes and gaslighting students, by having staff work alongside students so that they truly understand their mistakes and hold themselves and their peers accountable to not make them. 
  • Train faculty to create and uphold a learning environment that is safe and inclusive, where the use of respectful communication and inclusive language is taught 
  • Take legal action against and immediately fire faculty members who are found to have sexually abused a student or to have discriminated against someone