TA Pauses Summer Programs in 2021; Branches remain closed

01 Oct TA Pauses Summer Programs in 2021; Branches remain closed

September 26, 2020

Dear Telluride Friends,

As the summer has progressed, Telluride Association has been grappling with our obligation to combat anti-Black racism and white supremacy within our summer programs, in our board governance, and in the landscape of American secondary and higher education. This, in addition to uncertainty wrought by the pandemic for the foreseeable future, has led us to pause summer programs for the 2021 summer.

This programmatic pause enables board member and staff labor to be focused on reviewing and rebuilding many aspects of Telluride Association. We intend to adjust our programmatic curriculum and organizational structures to better serve our mission and clarify the contributions we hope to make to students’ journeys while they’re with us for their Telluride summer. We will miss running these transformative programs in the 2021 year but feel strongly we must act responsibly to create sustainable structures that actively support the flourishing of Black students and other students of color.

We love running summer programs for high school students and we can’t wait to get back to serving students through our summer programs in the summer of 2022.

We know that as civic-minded individuals our affiliates and alumni place value in addressing systemic racism and we ask for your continued support during this time. 

We will share out additional news as the year goes on.

If you have any questions about Telluride’s decision or how you can become involved during this year of growth, please contact us at tellurideassociation@tellurideassociation.org.

Sincerely,

Morgan Whittler SS08 SP09 TA14

TA President 2020-21

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