Administrators listen to student suggestions on diversity, inclusivity

Administrators listen to student suggestions on diversity, inclusivity

Students asked questions about freedom of speech, curriculum and discussion of current events in Monday’s second Moving Forward meeting hosted by administrators and faculty members to continue discussions about diversity and inclusivity on campus. The first meeting of this series was prompted by a recent controversy in which students used racial and homophobic slurs in […]

Janine Jones named Interim Director of Diversity

Associate Director of Admissions Janine Jones will become the Interim Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as the school launches a search to find a permanent person to fill the newly created position, President Rick Commons told the Chronicle. Commons is planning on announcing Jones filling the new position to the student body at the school’s […]

Faculty members attend Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lunch

Faculty members attended the Upper School’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lunch on Thursday to discuss and share how those topics affect them and the school. “The purpose of this introductory DEI lunch for the Upper School is just to come together and see where we are in relation to diversity, equity, inclusion at the […]

Prefects host meeting regarding slur controversy

Prefects host meeting regarding slur controversy

Head Prefects Cate Wolfen ’17 and Matt Thomas ’17 welcomed student suggestions regarding an improvement in diversity and inclusivity at school on Monday during break. After reports surfaced of students, one of whom was a prefect, using homophobic and racial slurs in social media posts, discussion on campus regarding the use of derogatory language sparked. […]

Administration meets with affinity groups to discuss diversity, slur controversy

Student members of Black Leadership, Awareness and Culture Club, Gender-Sexuality Awareness Club, La Femme Club and Latin-American Students Organization met with members of the faculty and administration this afternoon to discuss the recent controversy over student use of racial and homophobic slurs and how to better promote diversity on campus. After alumni shared a Facebook […]

BLACC prepares to meet with Commons

In response to the recent controversy over students using racial and homophobic slurs on social media, members of Black Leadership, Awareness and Culture Club held an open meeting on Tuesday to discuss their reactions to the situation and ways to move forward in terms of diversity and inclusivity on campus. BLACC leader Phaedra Robinson ’17 […]

School to take disciplinary action following racial, homophobic slur controversy

School to take disciplinary action following racial, homophobic slur controversy

In light of reports of students using homophobic and racial slurs in social media posts, President Rick Commons sent an email to the Harvard-Westlake community condemning the language and behavior and promising administrative action. A Facebook post shared by alumni contained students’ social media posts, which were originally shared on students’ private accounts and included repeated use of […]

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 […]

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, […]