The mission of the HACBAC 2022 is to create a space for creative collaboration in order to shed light on current structures that propagate disparity within independent schools. We are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, skills and education, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and faith tradition (if any). The BAC Social Justice Hackathon prides itself on creating an open, respectful, and an inclusive community that respects points of view and new perspectives.

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all community members*:

  • Speak from the “I” perspective.
  • Be authentic.
  • Assume positive intent.
  • Question oneself and others with grace, seeking clarity.
  • Listen to understand, not to judge.
  • View disagreement as a learning opportunity.
  • Lean into discomfort.
  • Practice and develop the capacity to honor multiple perspectives.
  • Converse civilly; engage civically.
  • Be open to ongoing conversation.

*2019 SAES Guidelines for Civil Discourse

The following actions are considered unacceptable:

  • Disrespecting a person’ perspective, experience or demeaning their ideas.
  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • exist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes
    and language.
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race,
    religion, or disability.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes sexualized comments or jokes.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.
  • Providing hackathon links to anyone other than guests and students invited by
    the event organizers.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the BAC Social Justice Hackathon organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a warning, temporary ban, or permanent expulsion from the event without warning.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to your mentor, one of the event staff or your school advisor.

Our 2022 theme….

Creating More Racially Integrated and Equitable Experiences in Independent Schools that Promote Safety, Trust, Wellness, and Belonging.

HACKBAC 2022 is a collaboration between the Black Alumni Collective, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the D! Lab, and The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning – all based at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.