Professor speaks about the importance of diversity

Professor speaks about the importance of diversity

Columbia University Professor Christopher Emdin urged educators, parents and students to appreciate the diverse challenges and backgrounds that students of color bring to school at the Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools event entitled “Rethinking Diversity” on Wednesday. Emdin suggested that schools facilitate a young people of color meeting, in which students have […]

School reviews diversity climate assessment

Some administrators and faculty were not surprised by the results of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Climate Assessment and are beginning to take steps to tackle the issues identified in the report. “There are lots of things that we want to do,” President Rick Commons said. “We’re beginning now to try to identify those things […]

Norman Lear, Kenya Barris speak at diversity forum

Norman Lear, Kenya Barris speak at diversity forum

Speakers discussed racial diversity at the Middle School yesterday, ranging from ideas about the media’s influence on the election to the importance in bridging cultural divides. The public forum, “All in the (black-ish) Family,” featuring “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” creator Norman Lear (Madeline ’13) and “black-ish” and “America’s Next Top Model” co-creator […]

Commons to share result of diversity assesment with faculty

President Rick Commons will share the findings of HR Matrix’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Climate Assessment with faculty Jan. 24, he said in an email to all faculty Jan. 4. Commons did not want to share more about the findings ahead of the meeting. “While it is never simple to bring our two campuses together […]

Students, faculty attend diversity conferences

Students, faculty attend diversity conferences

Students and faculty discussed leadership and diversity at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference on Dec. 8-10 in Atlanta. Six student representatives attended the SDLC, while 17 faculty members simultaneously attended the PCC. Both conferences were hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools. The student attendees were Fernando Diaz-Ojeda ’20, […]

Consultant group to assess student, faculty diversity

Consultant group to assess student, faculty diversity

In accordance with the vision statement to have the school’s “commitment to inclusion enable every member of our community to feel an equal sense of belonging,” the administration is engaging an outside facilitator, HR Matrix, to give recommendations on how the school can improve diversity and inclusion. The facilitators will be on campus during the […]

Brentwood video spurs discussion about diversity

Brentwood video spurs discussion about diversity

After a video surfaced last week of some white students from Brentwood School singing a rap song with the n-word, upper school deans decided to open up a conversation about racial insensitivity among Harvard-Westlake students. “Honestly, this is an issue that I personally feel really strongly about, so when I saw that video, it just […]

Walking a fine line

Walking a fine line

Diversity has become the “it” word on private school campuses. Five of our eight front covers this year have included a story about diversity, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, we are tackling it once again here in our editorial. The recent events at Brentwood School (see story on A1) have […]

Musings of a Mormon girl

Musings of a Mormon girl

Four-thirty a.m. I lean over the side of my bed. My arm lazily falls on the snooze button of my alarm clock. 5:00 a.m. I silently convince myself not to go back to sleep as I roll out of bed for early morning seminary. 5:55-6:40 a.m. I sluggishly grab a bowl of cereal and sit […]

Administration takes steps towards ‘diverse community’

The administration has changed the teacher hiring and promotion process, created a Diversity Task Force and increased the school’s financial aid budget to follow through with its goal of creating a more “diverse and inclusive community,” better reflecting the opening phrase of the mission statement adopted in 2014. “There are things that the school is […]