BLACC celebrates Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club invited Black Panther Party leader and Harvard-Westlake grandparent Ericka Huggins (Jay Lassiter ’20) to speak to students and faculty. The club also hosted a screening of the film “Black Panther.” BLACC hoped to promote equality and progress for minority groups through the […]

Glenn Singleton advises community to engage in conversations about race

Glenn Singleton advises community to engage in conversations about race

Author and educator Glenn Singleton encouraged students and faculty members to engage in effective conversations about racial disparities at Wednesday’s all-school assembly. The Black Leadership, Awareness and Culture Club decided to host Singleton as their Black History Month speaker to help achieve their goal of fostering conversations about race and allowing all community members to […]

A Flash From the Past: Alumni and current students look back on the progress of diversity at Harvard-Westlake

A Flash From the Past: Alumni and current students look back on the progress of diversity at Harvard-Westlake

In the spring of 1956, as applications for Harvard School trickled into the admissions office, controversy broke out within the school community. Bothered parents frantically contacted then-headmaster Father William S. Chalmers. What would this change? Would it affect their children? “Inevitably there was concern among some parents and alumni, and people needed time to think […]

LAHSO and BLACC discuss cultural appropriation at sleepover

The Latin American and Hispanic Student Organization held its inaugural club-wide sleepover Nov. 17 in collaboration with the Black Leadership and Culture Club, hosting games, bonding activities and group conversations. Following last year’s successful BLACC sleepover and previous interest by LAHSO to sponsor a similar event, each group held its own sleepover this year, but […]

Affinity groups attend first monthly meeting

Members of various affinity groups on campus discussed community values and future goals at their first ever monthly meeting. Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Nate Cardin said that they decided to host the meetings to foster support amongst the groups, amplify student voices and gain the ear of administrators. “We wanted to work intersectionality […]

BLACC members bond on annual retreat

Following the success of their first retreat last year, student and faculty members of the Black Leadership, Awareness and Culture Club held bonding exercises and workshops Aug. 19. The retreat, which was held again at the Middle School, featured icebreakers, games and group discussions for students to better foster connections. Keynote speaker Kena Dorsey shared […]

Prefects host meeting regarding slur controversy

Prefects host meeting regarding slur controversy

Head Prefects Cate Wolfen ’17 and Matt Thomas ’17 welcomed student suggestions regarding an improvement in diversity and inclusivity at school on Monday during break. After reports surfaced of students, one of whom was a prefect, using homophobic and racial slurs in social media posts, discussion on campus regarding the use of derogatory language sparked. […]

Administration meets with affinity groups to discuss diversity, slur controversy

Student members of Black Leadership, Awareness and Culture Club, Gender-Sexuality Awareness Club, La Femme Club and Latin-American Students Organization met with members of the faculty and administration this afternoon to discuss the recent controversy over student use of racial and homophobic slurs and how to better promote diversity on campus. After alumni shared a Facebook […]

BLACC prepares to meet with Commons

In response to the recent controversy over students using racial and homophobic slurs on social media, members of Black Leadership, Awareness and Culture Club held an open meeting on Tuesday to discuss their reactions to the situation and ways to move forward in terms of diversity and inclusivity on campus. BLACC leader Phaedra Robinson ’17 […]

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