“Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.”
– Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

We can do better and we must do better.
Let this be a catalytic moment where we acknowledge and address the systemic prejudices and biases in ourselves, in schools and in organizations around the world. We believe in the dignity of all, the benefit of cross-cultural perspectives, and the power of diverse, inclusive, equitable and just communities. Together, not apart, we can make a world of difference.

What ISS will do now

  • We commit to being an advocate for the elimination of the term “native speaker” from recruitment materials.
  • In our contracted leadership searches, we will prohibit the use of “native speaker” terms in any materials we distribute, while also educating hiring boards why these terms should not be used.
  • On our platforms, we will instruct recruiters to remove any reference to “native speaker” in their self-published job postings. If we discover such language is present, we will notify the recruiter and modify the posting.
  • We commit to the removal of photos in recruitment profiles.
  • We will work with our partners and vendors to begin the necessary steps to modify the technology that provides this feature.
  • As we work to make these changes, we will continue to stress that photos are strictly optional.
  • We commit to continuing our leadership and support of the Diversity Collaborative and the Mary Anne Haas Women’s Symposium to increase the diversity and intercultural competence of international school educators.
  • We commit to being part of further candid conversations about how to achieve greater diversity, inclusion, equity and justice in the international school community.
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