HWPA speaker to focus on student well-being

Anthony Weinraub

The first speaker in the Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association speaker series, focusing on students’ social and emotional well-being, will address the school at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21.

The discussion will feature six speakers, four of whom work at Harvard-Westlake.

The speakers are Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Kavita Ajmere, counselor Luba Bek, dean Kate Benton, chaplain J. Young and Harvard-Westlake parents Ramani Durvasula (Maya Hinkin ’18) and Henry Kimmel (Nathaniel ’17).

“I was asked to participate in July, and I agreed right away. I consider it an honor to be invited,” Benton said.

In the past, the speaker series has featured speeches on a variety of topics, ranging from drug use at parties to a discussion with an Academy-Award winning screenwriter.

“[Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association President] Patty Dickman (Jessica ’17) suggested the topic as a way to let parents know about all of the support systems available within Harvard-Westlake and to create greater awareness for them,” Harvard-Westlake Parent Association Vice-President Nancy Kaleel said in an email.

The next speaker, Michael Thompson, will discuss his book, “The Pressured Child,” on Nov. 10.

Two more speakers are planned for February and March.