Degrees of Separation: Teachers, Administration and Students Address the Diversity of Degrees Teachers Have on Campus

Degrees of Separation: Teachers, Administration and Students Address the Diversity of Degrees Teachers Have on Campus

After another long day of testing and note-taking, Diego Ayala ’18 faced his most challenging task at home: telling his mom what he learned in school. Reflecting on lectures from his science, history and math classes, Ayala said it was difficult to pinpoint a certain lesson that resonated with him because all he could remember […]

Let’s get the ball rolling

Let’s get the ball rolling

Two weeks ago, the events in Charlottesville stunned our country. Racism, anti-semitism and white nationalism, ideologies we naively believed to have declined, proved to endure. Although these hateful acts occurred on a campus far from our own, the shock, sadness and fear that developed in Virginia resonated throughout the entire nation. Today is the first […]

Search ends for Director of Diversity

Associate Director of Admission Janine Jones (Taylor ’18, Avery ’23) will serve as the official Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion after being previously named Interim Director last school year. Science teacher Nate Cardin will assist Jones as the Coordinator of DEI in addition to being a teacher. The creation of new positions focusing on […]

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, […]

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