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 […]

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 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. […]

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 […]

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