We all woke up yesterday morning to a new President-elect so I began the day after with an address to our students at morning meeting. I chose to begin by speaking about the democratic process. Every election has a winner and a loser, and the United States can have only one president. I wanted the students to hear me say that I trust the democratic process and the three branches of government to hold each other accountable to best serve our country.
While many of our students and families supported Hillary Clinton, some students and their families supported Donald Trump. As Head of School, I sent a message of hope to our students and encouraged them to allow the democratic process to move forward as it has for the last 240 years. President-elect Trump won the opportunity to lead our country for the next four years.
I told our students that I, along with the entire Crefeld community, will continue to welcome and respect: women, Muslims, LGBT members, students of color, Latinos, Native Americans, disabled members, immigrant families, and all members of our community. Bigotry will not be tolerated at Crefeld, and our environment will remain a safe space for our students, faculty, and families.
I pointed out to the students in the Crefeld community that the majority of them were not able to vote yesterday. However, in four years, they will have an impact on the next presidential election. I encouraged them to continue to be critically engaged citizens and, when they have the power to vote, that they vote for the candidate that is most in line with their values.