Students invited back to campus for social activities

In an email to upper school students, Prefect Council announced that the campus will be open to students to participate in small group activities starting the week of Nov. 9. Attending these group activities will not be mandatory and students will be allowed back on campus once a week, according to Prefect Council. According to […]

‘wokeathw’ responds to anti-racism initiatives

‘wokeathw’ responds to anti-racism initiatives

Certain members of the community, dissatisfied with the school’s new anti-racism and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, created the Instagram account @wokeathw on Sept. 7 to highlight what they claim are pitfalls of allegedly biased and damaging curriculum changes. The anonymous owners of the account described the school’s anti-racism work as “a fashionable but […]

English Department adjusts curriculum

In accordance with schoolwide efforts to integrate anti-racist education across academic disciplines, the Upper School English department revised its curriculum for the 2020-21 school year. The department implemented a framework to amplify diverse voices and added five new courses this year, while also revising the curriculum to fit the block schedule and the transition to […]

Student groups undergo DEI training

In accordance with the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, Prefect Council, Student Leaders for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (SLIDE) and Peer Support underwent bias training with Liza Talusan on Sep. 25. Talusan is an educator and facilitator in conversations about anti-racism, diversity and bias, and she works directly with schools, leadership teams and […]

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, […]