Conservative students request a speaker to better represent their political interests

Saying she feels overwhelmed and judged in a community that is predominantly liberal, a sophomore girl, who identifies as conservative, is attempting to bring a conservative guest speaker to the school. The student, who wished to remain anonymous because she was uncomfortable publicizing her political views, said hosting a conservative speaker would be a logical […]

Public hearings will address concerns about parking structure

President Rick Commons announced in an email that there will be four to five public hearings for members of the community to discuss the parking structure project later this spring. Commons said that concerns about safety, parking and the environment will be addressed in the hearings and hopes that supporters of the project will come […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commons addresses divisions due to election

Hoping to rally the community together after students and faculty alike reacted with shock and fear to the results of the election, President Rick Commons sent an email to the student body addressing ways in which the school can remain united in a time of division. “While it is important for us to welcome thoughtful political […]

Administration to restructure in July

After the retirement of Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts, the administration will restructure, with President Rick Commons adding the position of head of school to his title and Interim Head of School Liz Resnick taking on the role of associate head of school, overseeing more all-school responsibilities, effective in July. A new head of upper […]

Ring ceremony ushers in seniors’ last year

Ring ceremony ushers in seniors’ last year

The Class of 2017 joined together Sunday evening to begin their last year as high school students at the annual ring ceremony. By quoting the graduation address from Harvard School for Boys salutatorian and World War II veteran William Taylor Jr. ’43 that he found in the school archives, President Rick Commons reminded seniors of […]

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 […]

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