Hawthorne Valley Statement on Rudolf Steiner and Racism

Hawthorne Valley is an Association of cultural initiatives and enterprises originally founded to further the work of impulses arising out of the anthroposophical teachings of Rudolf Steiner. As we continue to engage with the insights of anthroposophy in our efforts to address the ecological, social, and spiritual needs of our times, we also recognize that there are writings and lectures in which Steiner expresses racist ideas.* We wholeheartedly reject the racism in these writings and lectures, and racism in all its forms, and commit to earnestly working towards understanding our role and responsibility in overcoming the systemic injustices of racism perpetuated by such ideas and ingrained in our larger society.

Hawthorne Valley remains steadfast on its learning journey towards realizing meaningful and lasting ways to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the fabric of its institutional processes and practices. This includes the ongoing work of the School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, the process of more deeply considering and acknowledging the Muh-he-con-ne-ok (Mohican) People—the  indigenous inhabitants of the land we are stewarding—and the Association’s commitment to providing DEI trainings, discussion opportunities, further research about core issues such as cultural appropriation, and support for departmental antiracism plans and actions. We are committed to creating a safe and welcoming workplace and learning campus that respects the rights and celebrates the diversity of its co-workers, students, customers, and wider community members. We welcome your questions, suggestions, concerns, engagement, and ideas to help us in this journey. Click to complete our feedback form.

*In coming to these understandings, we are drawing on the definition of race put forth by the American Association of Biological Anthropologists and accept that any definition of racism must include an understanding of its systemic nature. We are deeply grateful to Cory Eichman for guiding our understanding of these questions and definitions through his training Questions of Diversity and Race in Rudolf Steiner’s Spiritual Science, and to the Council of Anthroposophical Organizations for hosting this training.