Agree to disagree

Agree to disagree

At Harvard-Westlake, there is one thing that we have been striving towards, particularly in recent months: having a multitude of diverse voices shared on campus. To achieve this goal, a politically conservative speaker is necessary to truly pursue excellence in diversity. In the past several years, we’ve brought speakers to campus to share their different […]

The West is History: Is the History Curriculum Eurocentric?

The West is History: Is the History Curriculum Eurocentric?

As Upper School History Department Head Greg Gonzalez and history teacher Francine Werner discuss the age-old debate in the history community about teaching a Eurocentric world history, other teachers in the history office can’t help but chime in. “Is this the ‘all-west versus the rest’ discussion?” asks one teacher passing by. As the topic of […]

Proud to be LGBT: Profiling GSA and P10

Proud to be LGBT: Profiling GSA and P10

On the night of the election, upper school science teacher Nate Cardin and his husband looked solemnly at each other. Their searching eyes asked each other the same question: “Will we be able to stay married?”   After finding out that the new government housed leaders who had rescinding marriage equality on their agendas, to […]

Looking back at how the school has handled diversity issues this past decade

Looking back at how the school has handled diversity issues this past decade

On March 13, 2007, the administration suspended two sophomores who sent an email with a “diss tape” they had made that threatened violence and aimed homosexual slurs at other students. Ten years later, the conversation about students using offensive language on campus and on the Internet remains, most recently seen in the hiring of an […]

Junior conducts social experiment on campus

Junior conducts social experiment on campus

With butterflies in her stomach, Nicole Bahar ’18 paused for a moment before stepping out of her car in the junior lot last Monday. Although the week ahead was a typical one, filled with tests, quizzes and assignments, it was also different. For the next five days of school, Bahar would be wearing a hijab, […]

Dance Dance Revolution

Advanced Dance II students, guest performers and faculty danced in response to recent global events at the Upper School Dance Concert from March 3 to 5 in the Rugby Theater. “In difficult times, we need one another,” director and Performing Arts Teacher Cyndy Winter said. “This is our way of giving back to our community. […]

An informed decision

An informed decision

In light of the recent resurgence in discussions of diversity on campus, questions like “Where do we go from here?” and “How can our school improve?” seem to be everywhere. We as a staff find these questions to be of the utmost importance if, in fact, we want to shape a stronger school for the […]

Janine Jones named Director of Diversity

At the school’s second Moving Forward meeting, President Rick Commons announced that Associate Director of Admission Janine Jones will be immediately taking the position of Interim Directory of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in addition to her current position. “The HW community should expect more tangible and visible efforts surrounding DEI,” Jones said. “Some changes will […]

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