Essex, Limerick will serve as DEI Coordinators

As part of the school’s commitment to foster a more welcoming environment, Visual Arts Teacher Reb Limerick and Benefits Administrator Yutopia Essex will serve as the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) coordinators this year. Limerick began their full-time position as a member of the Visual Arts Department in Fall 2019, teaching Video Art I […]

Applicant families attend Multicultural Reception

The Student Ambassadors Program hosted its annual Multicultural Reception on Jan. 25 in Chalmers Lounge. During the event, prospective students and their parents learned about the experiences of students of color at the school. Student Ambassadors speak with applicants and discuss diversity at reception “Today was a really great experience because we got to learn […]

Students participate in first civil rights tour

Students participate in first civil rights tour

In order to experience the history of the civil rights movement firsthand, 16 upper and middle school students took part in the school’s first civil rights tour, which Director of Diversity Janine Jones organized in partnership with Hemisphere Educational Travel from March 31 to April 6. Xenia Bernal ’19 said she participated in the tour […]

DEI holds first recruiting event on West Coast

DEI holds first recruiting event on West Coast

Faculty, staff and administrators from 43 independent institutions gathered together to participate in the first West Coast Diversity Job Fair on Feb. 23. The fair, which was co-hosted with the Brentwood School, gave an opportunity for participants to discuss their experiences working in independent school environments and promote open job positions to potential educators of […]

Middle School hosts Pollyana Conference

The Middle School hosted the second inaugural Pollyanna Conference, in which more than 250 representatives from 16 independent schools convened to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion Oct. 27. This year, attendees addressed how to combat implicit biases within a school environment. “During the conference, we talked about how our implicit biases affect how we teach, […]

School hosts cultural competency training

In order to discuss how teachers can respect and honor the identities of their students, all new faculty members participated in the school’s first cultural competency training, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Janine Jones said. “We thought [the training] would be the best way to not just talk the talk, but also walk the […]

Jones creates school’s first Diversity Council

The newly created Diversity Council will hold its first meeting June 2 as the first step in a five-year strategic plan to increase diversity in more areas of the school initiated by the DEI office. The council will be comprised of around 25 different faculty members and parents. “We are looking to do more with […]

DEI office suggests first summer read

Faculty will read “Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji over the summer as the diversity, equity and inclusion optional summer read. Around 175 faculty members will participate, according to Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Janine Jones. Faculty will have the opportunity to discuss the book at a […]

Jones to hold DEI meetings

New Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Janine Jones (Taylor ’18, Avery ’23) has implemented critical changes in the school’s hiring policies to create a more diverse faculty. Jones held a forum on incorporating cultural awareness when hiring new faculty in front of the Faculty Academic Committee on Tuesday. “When we are hiring our faculty […]

Transforming the Policy: Students and faculty reflect on the experiences of transgender people on campus

Transforming the Policy: Students and faculty reflect on the experiences of transgender people on campus

Uriah Celaya ’18, who identifies as transgender, remembered when his French teacher Simona Ghirlanda asked to talk to him after class. Nervous to speak with her, Celaya tried to recall what he could have done wrong. “I’ll protect you like a mother lion protecting her cub if anyone tries to mess with you,” Ghirlanda said, […]