Groups brunch over multiculturalism, gender

Groups brunch over multiculturalism, gender

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 student and faculty unity Jan. 30 at the Feldman Gallery. “This is just about coming together,” Upper School Dean and event co-organizer Celso Cardenas said. “There […]

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 […]

HWPA holds panel on diversity

About 100 parents and administrators attended a panel on the types of diversity found at Harvard-Westlake March 3 at the Middle School. The event, organized by the Parents Association, was moderated by upper school dean Chris Jones. Interdisciplinary Studies Department Head Larry Klein, Director of Financial Aid Melanie Leon, Head of Athletics Terry Barnum and […]

A space for debate

A space for debate

Last year students had the privilege of hearing from several speakers who brought us inspiring messages of acceptance, struggle and perseverance. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, shared his experiences with the desegregation of schools and explained how racism is a persistent systemic issue. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ’88 encouraged us […]

Looking beyond the bubble

The first line of the school Mission Statement reads: “Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community.” Lately, we have found ourselves thinking a lot about what that means. Issues of injustice and prejudice dominate national headlines, and college campuses in particular have come under scrutiny for matters ranging from racism to religous intolerance. […]

School to accept more sophomore applicants

The Office of Admission will accept as many as 20 new sophomores into the class of 2017 for next year, Director of Admission Elizabeth Gregory said Friday. The school has enrolled 29 new students into the 10th grade class the past three years. This year’s ninth grade class is smaller than past years’, and the […]

Language faculty adopts new name

The Foreign Language department has changed its name to the World Language department. “The modern languages we teach are not ‘foreign’ to our country or school community, and the classical languages we teach are not ‘alien,’ but rather inform our culture and lives today,” middle school World Language department head Melissa Strong said in a […]

American Mosaic

Japan Some countries, including Japan, turn somber themes into celebratory opportunities. For example, “Obon is the honoring of the dead; there’s ancestor worship. We just go for food and friends,” mathematics teacher Michael Mori said, grinning. “In the American version you have festivals with typically game booths and food booths, a shrine for ancestors passed […]

Students attend diversity conference

Five students and three faculty members attended a diversity conference held in Houston, Texas from Dec. 5-8. This is the second time in five years that Harvard-Westlake students have attended the annual conference. The three-day intensive program educated students and faculty about the different forms of diversity and seven social identifiers. Key topics were religion, […]

Accreditation report lists school’s goals

By Daniel Rothberg Partnering with a sister school for community service, expanding the summer program, growing the school’s endowment and exploring new teaching methods are goals the school set for itself for the next six years in a report submitted this month. The nearly 250-page report was compiled for accreditation from the Western Association of […]