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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Novelist Jesmyn Ward (top left) speaks with Black Leadership and Culture Club (BLACC) leaders Sirus Wheaton ’19, Makeda Neavill ’21, Cameron Herring ’21 and Asian Students in Action (ASiA) member Neha Tummala ’23.

Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward discusses works with student body

Leo Saperstein June 2, 2021

Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward spoke to the community about her work in an event organized by the Upper School English Department on May 19. Ward’s visit began with a virtual meet-and-greet...

English department holds virtual showing of documentary “When the Levees Broke”

James Hess and Annabelle Nickoll May 11, 2021

The Upper School English department screened Spike Lee’s film documentary "When the Levees Broke" on Zoom May 8. The event served as contextual material for Jesmyn Ward’s novel "Salvage the Bones,"...

Dr. Bettina Love speaks on Black creativity and hip-hop at BLACC lunch

Ava Fattahi May 9, 2021

Black Leadership and Culture Club (BLACC) hosted scholar, Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Education at University of Georgia and activist Dr. Bettina Love for a conversation about racial justice...

Kutler Center Scholar in Residence Stephanie L. Batiste 90 shares her personal story regarding Hurricane Katrina and how her family was affected by it.

Kutler Center Scholar in Residence leads community discussion about Hurricane Katrina’s legacy

Natalie Cosgrove May 9, 2021

Following the English II faculty screening of Spike Lee’s documentary film "When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts," Associate Professor of Black Studies and English at University of California...

Co-leaders of BLACC Khyra Stiner ’21 and Ash Wright ’22 introduced a series of videos about Black culture, achievement and remembrance.

BLACC presents on Black History Month at Flex Time

Black Leadership and Culture Club (BLACC) hosted a virtual event celebrating Black History Month during Community Flex Time on Feb. 23. Co-leaders of BLACC Khyra Stiner ’21 and Ash Wright ’22 introduced...

The theme for this years Black History Month is the Black family, representation, identity and diversity.

Black History Month: Its Past, Present and Future

Sydney Fener February 23, 2021

February is Black History Month, a time to honor Black culture and accomplishments. This month is also devoted to acknowledging the deep injustices that Black Americans have historically endured and overcome....

Members of Asian Students in Action (ASiA) and Black Leadership and Culture Club (BLACC) Co-Chair and Diversity Coordinator Yutopia Essex present history and celebrations about Lunar New Year and Black History Month.

BLACC Co-Chair and ASiA members present during Community Flex Time

Fallon Dern February 12, 2021

Members of Asian Students in Action (ASiA) and Black Leadership and Culture Club (BLACC) Co-Chair and Diversity Coordinator Yutopia Essex presented history and celebrations about Lunar New Year and Black...

Evan Nichole Brown 12 spoke to a student audience on Zoom about the rigors of freelance journalism.

New York Times freelance writer speaks to Venture, BLACC members

Lily Lee and Natalie Cosgrove January 13, 2021

HW Venture hosted The New York Times freelance writer Evan Nicole Brown ’12 to speak about her journalism career Jan. 13. During the presentation, Brown explained how she launched her journalism career...

Illustration by Alexa Druyanoff

School responds to ‘blackathw’ Instagram account

Hannah Han September 2, 2020

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...

Makeda Neavill ’21 dances with fellow students in Hamilton Gym during the BLACC Out Dance event on Friday. BLACC leaders organized the event to encourage students of color from around Los Angeles to celebrate their cultural identities. Credit: Crystal Baik/Chronicle

BLACC hosts dance for Black History Month

Sophia Musante March 5, 2020

The Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC) hosted the BLACC Out Dance in honor of Black History Month on Friday. BLACC leader Skylar Graham ’20, who coordinated the event, said she intended...

BLACC members celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Hannah Han February 7, 2020

Members of the Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC) traveled to The Proud Bird restaurant to attend the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast Celebration and fundraiser...

JONES STRIKES A POSE: Upper School Dean Chris Jones, who will replace Beth Slattery as Upper School Deans Department Head beginning July 1, 2020, sits in his office and smiles.
Frank Jiang / Chronicle

Jones promoted to Chair of Deans

Lindsay Wu November 14, 2019

Effective July 1, 2020, Upper School Dean Chris Jones will replace Beth Slattery as Upper School Deans Department Head, following her promotion to Head of Upper School. Jones's Past During his eight years...

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