Simran Jhooty, Policy Board Identity Rep. Statement

Over the course of the last few years, I have had the privilege to get to know many members of our upper school student body.

Through my involvement in Gender Lens, Spectrum, and the Asian Affinity group, I have observed, first hand, the need to have important conversations on a bigger platform. For years, students have claimed that whenever OES attempts to engage in civil discourse, the conversations that ensue often resemble that of an echo chamber. And, I agree. That is why, last year, I worked on Community Conversations, a project that sought to give the US student body an avenue to engage in political discourse. Though Community Conversations has been a success in some regards, there is still much to be done. Furthermore, Policy Board and Honor Council members alike are hoping to reform OES’s disciplinary process into one founded on restorative principles. By the end of the year, we hope to have implemented a formal recusal process, a restorative justice training session for Honor Council members, as well as reformed versions of timebacks. At the end of the day, I am not going to overstate the role of a Mission Representative, stating an unreachable ideal so often portrayed in the election cycle, but I will be frank. If you vote for me, I will address your concerns. I will be your advocate. And for these reasons, I would be honored if you cast your vote for me come election day. Thank you!

Best,

Simran Jhooty

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