Letter from Superintendent Mark Kinzer on racial justice
Dear RVA students, families, and staff members,
As an institution, we affirm the inherent, God-given dignity and value of every person irrespective of race or ethnicity. We are grieved by both recent acts and endemic trends of racism and state-sanctioned violence against people of color around the globe, which have become particularly salient in the United States right now.
We commit to confronting and dismantling racism wherever we encounter it, beginning in ourselves. As a vital part of the RVA community, we implore you to join us in prayerful, unflinching self-examination, as well as outward action guided by the Lord’s imperative to His people in Micah 6:8 — that we act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.
We are thankful that a recent audit of our school climate has illuminated for us areas of inequity and pain that we must continue to remedy as we seek to honor our students, our RVA families, and ultimately the Lord. While we have taken initial steps to address racial inequality on our campus, we also know that systemic patterns of injustice will require extensive, sustained efforts to rectify. We ask that you pray and work with us toward this end.
In Isaiah 1:17, God commands us to “learn to do right, seek justice, defend the oppressed.” Thank you for your commitment to help RVA become a place of unequivocal safety for all and a people who reflect God’s heart of mercy and justice.
Rift Valley Academy