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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

What We're Doing

While 2020 has brought its share of challenges, it has also brought opportunity. For Camp Pemigewassett, one of these opportunities has been to hold a mirror up to ourselves to reflect on our work in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This is an essential task for every institution, especially mission-driven communities like Pemi, and especially in light of the clear need for reckoning after the murders of George Floyd and countless Black, Indigenous, and People of Color before—and now after—him.

Read the statement that Pemi issued in June, 2020.

To go about this work, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee—with representatives of Pemi parents, alumni, managing directors, and the Board of Directors—has been meeting regularly to formalize plans for improvements and initiatives as we embrace the opportunity to grow as a camp community.

In late September 2020, the DEI Committee sent surveys designed specifically for each constituency within our camp family—campers, parents, staff, and alumni—asking hard questions and looking for honest answers. We received hundreds of responses. Now, we are compiling, analyzing, and learning from the input that was so thoughtfully provided.

Among the things we are focusing on are diversity among our campers, staff, and Board of Directors population; our Mission Statement, and by extension our concrete actions that make up the various facets of our mission; the history and significance of our land; the songs that we sing; the language that we use; the plays we perform; and, perhaps most importantly, how we treat each other. Our community can expect updates in the coming months as we go about this important work, and we welcome continued input from all our constituents.

It is clear that the joint work of the DEI Committee, the Board of Directors, and the leadership team at Pemi is and will continue to be integral to our community’s efforts towards fulfilling our mission, both on Lower Baker Pond and in the larger world. We embrace opportunities to ask ourselves and the larger Pemi family if we really are the camp we want and need to be, and to plan and implement improvements as we endeavor to be a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive place for all.

 We look forward to this journey, to the feedback and suggestions our constituency offers, and to the opportunity to continue to grow, thrive, and improve as an educational organization and as a camp family.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Members

Dan Reed

Dan Reed

Lisa Heller

Lisa Heller

Jon Fauver

Jon Fauver

Burgwell

Burgwell "Burgie" Howard

Abby Reed

Abby Reed

Danny Kerr

Danny Kerr

Dwight Dunston

Dwight Dunston

Land Acknowledgement

As we delve into learning more about the Indigenous Peoples who lived on and cared for the lands we now occupy, and in consultation with the New Hampshire Indigenous Collaborative Collective, Camp Pemigewassett will incorporate a land acknowledgement into our weekly campfire tradition:

This campfire takes place on N’dakinna, which is the traditional ancestral homeland of the Abenaki, Pennacook, and Wabanaki Peoples past and present. We acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land and waterways and the people who have stewarded N’dakinna throughout the generations.

Provide input or ask a question

Pemi’s DEI committee invites members of our camp community to share their experiences, provide feedback, or ask a question, either directly or anonymously.

Please contact us directly at: [email protected]

Or, complete this anonymous form.

Suggested Reading

Please consider purchasing from a Black-owned bookstore.

Ages 8-12

What Lane?

What Lane?

Torrey Maldonado
The Undefeated

The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander (Author) and Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
New Kid

New Kid

Jerry Craft
Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Teens

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
Dear Martin

Dear Martin

Nic Stone
Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After

Kacen Callender
March

March

John Lewis

Adults

White Fragility –Robin J. DiAngelo
How to Be an Antiracist –Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy –Layla F. Saad
Between the World And Me –Ta-Nehisi Coates
Just Mercy –Bryan Stevenson
Homegoing –Yaa Gyasi
The Vanishing Half –Brit Bennett
There, There –Tommy Orange

Learn More

Here is a link to a comprehensive “landing page” for further reading, listening, watching, & learning.