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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

In November 2021, the Board of Trustees approved the creation of a schoolwide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Committee comprised of students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni/ae, and Board representatives. This committee has been meeting to gather data and make recommendations to be presented to the Board and administration.







Members of the W+H DEIB Committee met on March 6 for an afternoon of discussion and work on several important tasks. Representatives of the 15-member student subcommittee began the meeting by sharing their thoughts and specific recommendations for how the school can build on recent efforts to foster a deeper sense of belonging for all students. From there, the Committee moved into small groups to review drafts of DEIB vision and mission statements, then onto a preview of the newly-launched Assessment for Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) survey, and finally a session devoted to discussion and prioritization of initial actions the school can take in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. It was a powerful and productive afternoon of collaboration and an integral next step in this important work.

The W+H DEIB Faculty and Staff Facilitation Team was established in the Summer of 2021 as a volunteer group of faculty and staff to develop and lead ongoing professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. At that time, the team began working with a consultant, Alvin Gilmore Jr., to establish a foundation for meaningful DEIB activities.  

The W+H faculty and staff are committed to being engaged in this work, and the Facilitation Team will continue to build upon discussions that have been taking place throughout the year to help support faculty and staff understanding of DEIB topics and issues.

School Wide DEIB Committee Members

JohnEric Advento, Staff
Tiffany Bratts, Parent
Corinna Crafton, Staff
Ana De Leon, Staff
Jinni Durham, Faculty
Vinay Karthik '25, Student 
Nisha Khanduja '99, Alumna/Parent
Kevin Kornecki, Trustee/Parent
Karen Leach '85, Alumna
Nathan Lugo-Montanez, Parent
Sachina Lyons-Brown '89, Trustee/Parent/Alumna
Ayisha Mapp '06, Alumna

Kayla Martel '24, Student 
Beth Mitchell, Parent 
Pareesa Naveed, Parent
Nicole Nolan, Faculty
Gbemi Olarewaju '24, Student
Sodette Simeonidis, Parent
Cydney CJ Strauss '26, Student
Luke Tan '24, Student
Tamica Van Dunk, Faculty
Ellen Wolff, Trustee/Parent
Michelle Clark Wright '91, Alumna

Professional Development:
Faculty and Staff
DEIB Facilitation Team

Mission Statement: To build a core group of faculty able to address the salient and troubling issues our students perceive around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The Team will assist in developing understanding and cultivating empathy for others' points of view. The Team will refresh, invigorate, and support faculty members and our students.

DEIB Facilitation
Team Members
Dina Congregane
Ana DeLeon
Karl Miran
Jason Murphy
Nicole Nolan
Dari Olitt
Jennifer Rose
Liz Rooney
Linda Schneider

Faculty / Staff Training Topics