School responds to ‘blackathw’ Instagram account

School responds to ‘blackathw’ Instagram account

In light of the racial justice movement sweeping across the nation, members of the class of 2019 created Blackathw, an Instagram account highlighting the experiences of Black students on campus. After a series of discussions with Black alumni and students, upper and middle school administrators composed an anti-racism plan, which they released July 24. Director […]

Commons releases update in response to rising coronavirus cases

President Rick Commons announced in a schoolwide email July 17 that summer sports practices will be suspended, and a full return to campus is less likely amid surging coronavirus cases. His statement follows California Governor Gavin Newsom’s order, which forbids campuses from reopening until Los Angeles County is taken off the California Department of Public […]

School to implement new gender policies

Following over a year of research on how students are gendered within the school, an ad-hoc committee, including middle and upper school deans, teachers and faculty, created a list of 16 to 18 recommendations in an effort to provide more inclusive opportunities on campus. The committee presented their suggestions to school administrators and departments heads, […]

School hosts cultural competency training

In order to discuss how teachers can respect and honor the identities of their students, all new faculty members participated in the school’s first cultural competency training, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Janine Jones said. “We thought [the training] would be the best way to not just talk the talk, but also walk the […]

Jones to hold DEI meetings

New Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Janine Jones (Taylor ’18, Avery ’23) has implemented critical changes in the school’s hiring policies to create a more diverse faculty. Jones held a forum on incorporating cultural awareness when hiring new faculty in front of the Faculty Academic Committee on Tuesday. “When we are hiring our faculty […]

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 […]

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 […]

Admission Office adjusts tour system

The Admission Office announced changes that have been made to the Student Ambassador Program and a design contest for a new logo at the annual Student Ambassador Training Dinner on the middle school campus Sept. 16. Associate Director of Admissions Janine Jones informed attendees that middle school student ambassadors will be able to sign up […]

BLACC participates in first-ever retreat

BLACC participates in first-ever retreat

At the first ever Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club retreat, guest speaker Golden State Warriors assistant coach Jarron Collins ’97 told students to work hard inside and outside of school. “The retreat was a resounding success,” associate director of admissions and retreat planner Janine Jones said. “Students seemed to be not only enjoying themselves, […]