Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

What We're Doing

In late September 2020, Pemi’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee sent surveys designed specifically for each constituency within our camp family. The DEI Committee completed its compilation and analysis of its survey and passed it along to the Board of Directors. The data provided by the 239 respondents—alumni, staff, parents, and campers—was overwhelmingly positive, confirming Pemi’s longstanding success in creating a warm and supportive community. The value of the survey, however, was to look beyond the straight statistics summarizing the views of a largely homogenous and satisfied population and try to hear the perspectives of the Pemi community as a whole, including those outside that homogenous group. Mixed in with the praise and gratitude were numerous suggestions for making Pemi a more diverse and inclusive camp.

In pursuit of that goal, the DEI Committee made a series of recommendations for the Board to consider. At its March 2, 2021 meeting, the Board instituted four action groups to review the recommendations, prioritize them, and move towards their implementation as appropriate and practicable. All of the action groups have now met, and they began to present their proposals for moving forward at the Board’s April 6 meeting. For more details on the ongoing process, we refer you to an interim report:

— DEI Committee Interim Report, April 2021 —

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. We will provide regular updates as the process evolves. Meanwhile, many thanks to all those who responded to the survey and to the members of the DEI Committee. This work will help our estimable institution grow with the times, in line with the vision of Pemi’s founders.

Read the statement that Pemi issued in June, 2020.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Members

Created in June 2020, Pemi’s DEI Committee—with representatives of Pemi parents, alumni, managing directors, and the Board of Directors—meets regularly to formalize plans for improvements and initiatives as we embrace the opportunity to grow as a camp community.

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.