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 […]

Q&A with Terry Barnum, Head of Athletics

What does the title of Head of Athletics entail? Succinctly, I am responsible for the athletic programs from 7th through twelfth grade. That includes the coaches. That includes staff. That includes the kids when they’re playing sports. I am the division head for the Athletic Department at Harvard-Westlake grades seven through 12. What that looks […]

Administrators listen to student suggestions on diversity, inclusivity

Administrators listen to student suggestions on diversity, inclusivity

Students asked questions about freedom of speech, curriculum and discussion of current events in Monday’s second Moving Forward meeting hosted by administrators and faculty members to continue discussions about diversity and inclusivity on campus. The first meeting of this series was prompted by a recent controversy in which students used racial and homophobic slurs in […]

Faculty members attend Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lunch

Faculty members attended the Upper School’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lunch on Thursday to discuss and share how those topics affect them and the school. “The purpose of this introductory DEI lunch for the Upper School is just to come together and see where we are in relation to diversity, equity, inclusion at the […]

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