Affinity leaders gather for SLIDE conference

In an effort to encourage cross-cultural collaboration and develop their leadership skills, middle and upper school affinity group leaders convened during the inaugural Student Leadership in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Conference at the Middle School on May 22. To begin the conference, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Janine Jones gave a speech empowering affinity […]

Affinity groups attend first monthly meeting

Members of various affinity groups on campus discussed community values and future goals at their first ever monthly meeting. Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Nate Cardin said that they decided to host the meetings to foster support amongst the groups, amplify student voices and gain the ear of administrators. “We wanted to work intersectionality […]

Students show their support for the LGBTQ community

Students show their support for the LGBTQ community

Marking International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, students and faculty showed their support for the school’s LGBT community with rainbow hearts on their chests. Gender Sexuality and Awareness Club and P10 members, along with some prefects and faculty members, passed out pride stickers to students and faculty in honor of the global celebration of […]

Affinity groups host multicultural brunch

Affinity groups host multicultural brunch

Student-led affinity groups including the Latin American Student Organization, Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club, Gender and Sexuality Awareness Club and La Femme hosted a multicultural brunch to foster unity Monday at the Feldman Gallery. “This is just about coming together,” Upper School Dean and event co-organizer Celso Cardenas said. “There could be times when individuals […]

Still on the spectrum: identifying as asexual

Still on the spectrum: identifying as asexual

Amber* ’16 has always felt as though she was missing out on the “normal sexual discoveries” that her friends talked about in their conversations. Whenever her friends fawned over a “hot new celebrity,” she pretended to do so as well but never felt the kind of attraction that her friends described. It was only after […]

GSA to screen alum's film

The Gender and Sexuality Awareness Club will host a screening of the film “GBF” followed by a Q & A with the film’s director Darren Stein ’89 Friday, April 11 in Ahmanson Lecture Hall. “This is an opportunity to see one of our own who has pursued his dream to be a filmmaker and has found […]

GSA hosts "Ask a Queer Teacher" event

Gay and lesbian members of the Harvard-Westlake faculty talked about their experiences growing up in the Gender and Sexuality Awareness Club’s “Ask a Queer Teacher” event on Feb. 24. Visual arts department head Cheri Gaulke, science teacher Nate Cardin, technology center director Chris Gragg, psychology teacher Luba Bek, performing arts teacher Mark Hilt and math teacher William […]

GSA changes name to broaden purpose

The Gay-Straight Alliance representatives changed the club’s  name to Gender Sexuality Awareness during their first meeting this year. Since the terms gay and straight only encompass two types of people, club leaders decided to broaden the name to incorporate all genders, sexes, and sexual preferences, co-president Liza Woythaler ’14  said.  The three co-presidents Levi Craske-Curtin […]

Alum screens film in Ahmanson Lecture Hall

Darren Stein ’89 screened a rough cut of his new film “G.B.F” for an audience of more than fifteen students and faculty after school Friday in Ahmanson Lecture Hall. The screening was sponsored by the Gay-Straight Alliance. “The acronym G.B.F stands for Gay Best Friend,” visual arts department head Cheri Gaulke said. “The movie is […]

Alum to screen film in Ahmanson Auditorium

Darren Stein ’89 will screen his new film “G.B.F” after school Friday in Ahmanson Auditorium. The screening is free and open to all Harvard-Westlake students. “G.B.F stands for Gay Best Friend,” said visual arts department head Cheri Gaulke. “The movie is fun and campy, and at the same time it has real characters that I […]