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, […]

Faculty gets DEI training at growth day

Faculty discussed improving gender, sexuality and racial inclusion in classes and sports teams at the Faculty Growth Day at the Middle School on Nov. 10. Tricia Rose, Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, spoke to faculty about the difference between […]

Staff discusses DEI summer reading

Staff and faculty members will attend lunches to discuss the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion summer reading book, “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do” by Claude Steele throughout October. After the staff expressed a wish for professional development in DEI, these meetings expanded from their original focus to training. Steele will […]

DEI department to host UCLA speaker

The Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host an Educating and Engaging event Oct. 24 to inform attendees about the importance of equity in the community. UCLA Professor and Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion Tyrone Howard will speak at the event. An invitation was extended through the SoCal People of Color to the […]

Cardin trains teachers on LGBTQ sensitivity

Over 80 faculty and staff learned how to be better allies to the LGBTQ community members at safe space training meetings held by Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and science teacher Nate Cardin. Cardin said his goal for the training sessions was to give faculty and staff more information on how to be stronger, […]