A Statement from Dr. Magee: Our vision is to become a cohesive and constructive community for students to learn who they want to be. As staff members, we are fully committed to our mission statement. Together we will cultivate an uplifting environment where students are inspired and empowered to pursue their personal aspirations. We will not tolerate and we will stand against any form of hate or discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, citizenship, or socioeconomic status. Our goal is for all students to know that they are safe, valued, and respected.
Why is Campus Unification Important?
Every student and teacher should be allowed to do his or her job and contribute to building a community that is progressing forward. At the end of a student's high school career, they should feel accomplished, excited, and ready for the next stage in life. As a group, they should feel proud of themselves and the friends they have made along the way.
Too often, we hear of students not feeling this way; but rather, sensing relief that this part of their life is over. This could be devastating to the way students perceive themselves to the rest of the world, often resulting in them systematically choosing separation over unification. This is why it is essential to facilitate discussions and activities that promote unity among our diverse community.
Pali is a large school. Sometimes being one of 3,000 students, faculty, and staff can feel isolating and make it challenging to meet new people. The "Hello" Program was developed and launched in Summer 2017 by Giovanni Stewart, Pali's Campus Unification Director. The purpose of the program is for every teacher and classmate at Pali to meet each other for the chance to say hello and have a meaningful exchange in conversation for the sake of disrupting inequity and breaking down self-segregation. "Hello" encourages students to be in each other’s corner for support and protection against hate, racism or prejudice for the sake of knowing and being known.