Equity & Inclusion
An Inclusive Educational and Spiritual Community
At Westminster, helping students realize their full potential begins with recognizing cultural competency as an essential skill for meaningful and effective leadership. We foster this competency by consistently engaging in affinity dialogue, inclusion programs, and
equity-based professional development experiences in each school division and department.
The following are ongoing initiatives and programs under the direction of the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
- New Teacher Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshops
- Annual Equity and Inclusion Conference Opportunities
- Lunch and Learn Educational Series
- Faculty Arts and Culture Evening Excursions
- Faculty Affinity/Support Groups
- Consultant Visits and Assessments
- Annual NEMNET (Minority Teacher Recruitment Network) Teacher Recruitment Fair
- Speakers/Invited Guests at Student Assemblies
- Student Affinity Groups, Clubs, Councils, and Exchanges
- Common Ground: Connecting Parents/Creating Community—A parent committee supporting school inclusion initiatives
- Parent Equity and Inclusion Representatives in each Division
- Community Cultural Celebrations
Affinity, Identity, and Community
As we journey to understand ourselves in relation to others, Westminster’s affinity programs in each of the three divisions serve as a community support resource for parents, faculty, and students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Affinity group meetings are different from clubs. Unlike student clubs which are open to all who express interest, affinity work is specific to participants identifying as a member of that group through a common identifier or experience (i.e. religion, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, family make-up, socio-economic class, etc.) rather than simply having an interest in learning more about a particular group. In this way, affinity dialogue becomes what is known as a “safe space” allowing participants to speak openly within the group session without the pressure to educate others first or to defend one’s identity or experience.
Equity and Inclusion Coordinators cultivate an environment that is welcoming to and supportive of all students and faculty. Each division has a dedicated team of faculty members that lead inclusion programs and affinity groups. For more information, contact Judy Osborne, Equity and Inclusion Education Coordinator.
"There is no greater experience than working with folks who perceive themselves as different and watching new, authentic relationships develop and flourish."
Judy Osborne, Equity and Inclusion Programs Coordinator