Ross implores seniors to prioritize love over hate

Encouraging students to spread love and take action against hate, Head of Upper School Laura Ross addressed seniors in class meeting in response to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Kroger shooting, mail bombs and the burial of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was beaten to death 20 years ago, Oct. 30. “I hope that all […]

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, […]

Students present on socioeconomic issues

Six attendees of the Student Diversity Leadership Conference gave a presentation on socioeconomic differences during a faculty and staff meeting after school Feb. 27. They discussed how socioeconomic status plays into other elements of diversity. Following the presentation, the students broke up the faculty and staff into smaller groups in order to simulate the actual […]

LAHSO promotes unity, facilitates student discussion

LAHSO promotes unity, facilitates student discussion

The Latin American and Hispanic Student Organization held its second annual Unity Banquet on March 15 after school in Feldman Horn, inviting leaders and members of affinity groups in an effort to promote diversity on campus and unity among the clubs. LAHSO leaders spoke at the banquet, and the club provided food and activities to […]

Seeing past our stars

Every night when I was a toddler, I sat on my couch sandwiched between its corner and my mom as she read me a bedtime story. My favorite story book, “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss, is about two types of creatures distinguished by the presence of stars mark their bellies. Those with stars thought they […]

A Flash From the Past: Alumni and current students look back on the progress of diversity at Harvard-Westlake

A Flash From the Past: Alumni and current students look back on the progress of diversity at Harvard-Westlake

In the spring of 1956, as applications for Harvard School trickled into the admissions office, controversy broke out within the school community. Bothered parents frantically contacted then-headmaster Father William S. Chalmers. What would this change? Would it affect their children? “Inevitably there was concern among some parents and alumni, and people needed time to think […]

Supporting our talented community

The opening song of “Cabaret” is called “Willkommen,” German for “welcome.” Not only was this message inspiring, but we also think it represents the production as a whole. Though our community is notoriously competitive, we noticed how students and teachers came together to support the show and everyone involved. The cast welcomed all of us […]

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 believed to have — at least partially — subsided, proved remarkably resilient. 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. […]

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