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Wildcats for Equity

Amid national calls for changes to attitudes and policies in regards to racial equity, Westminster has renewed its commitment to equity and inclusion among our students, families, alumni, and faculty and staff. As our community takes steps toward realizing a School culture that is more equitable and inclusive to members of all backgrounds, this webpage is your home for updates and highlights.

Parent Webinar Series: Becoming A More Inclusive Community For All Students and Families

Current parents are invited to a three-part webinar series to discuss our continued work in becoming a more inclusive community for all Wildcats. The following sessions which will focus on a specific aspect of this important topic. Links to the event will be available to parents in Wildcat Web and in the Weekly Parent Update.

Monday, January 25, 6:30 p.m.: "Building Healthy Multiracial Communities" with Dr. Ali Michael

Dr. Ali Michael, a longstanding partner of Westminster, works with schools and organizations around the country to make research on race and education relevant to educators. In addition to her work as the Co-Founder and Director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, Dr. Michael teaches in the Diversity and Inclusion Program at Princeton University as well as the Equity Institutes for Higher Education from the University of Southern California. Dr. Michael received her BA in political science and African studies from Williams College. She received her MA in anthropology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her PhD in teacher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Among her many publications, Dr. Michael and co-author Dr. Eleonara Bartoli won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article for "What Do White Children Need to Know About Race?" published in Independent School magazine.

Monday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.: "Talking to Children about Race: Skills and Dialogue to Build Racial Literacy" with Dr. Howard Stevenson

Dr. Howard Stevenson, the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education in the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, is a nationally sought expert on how racial stress and racial trauma can affect every stage of life. Dr. Stevenson is Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative, a center devoted to the study and promotion of racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods, and the Director of Forward Promise, a national office providing philanthropic support for organizations designed to improve the health of boys and young men of color and their families. He is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher on negotiating racial conflicts using racial literacy for independent and public K–­12 schooling, community mental health centers, teachers, police, and parents. He holds a BA in psychology and sociology from Eastern College and a PhD in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.

Wednesday, April 7, 12:00 p.m.: "Leadership and Building Inclusive Communities" with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education and is the author of several books including the bestselling Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And other Conversations About Race and Can We Talk About Race? and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation. A civic leader in the Atlanta community, she serves on the governing boards of the Westside Future Fund, Achieve Atlanta, Morehouse College, and the Tull Charitable Foundation. She holds a BA in psychology from Wesleyan University, an MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, and an MA in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary. Over the course of her career, she has served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westfield State University, and Mount Holyoke College. 

The Wildcats for Equity Q and A Series: Finding Common Ground

The Wildcats for Equity Q and A Series is designed to give you a deeper understanding of some of the ways Westminster works toward equity and inclusion on campus, as well as tools you can use to help your family discuss and work through these topics. In this week’s installment, our communications staff sits down with a few of the leaders of Common Ground, a PAWS committee, to talk about creating an inclusive environment of welcome. 

Common Ground’s fall activities have included virtual meetings with the following speakers: Judy Osborne (Upper School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator) and Jennifer Veatch (Middle School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator) about identity development; Dana Ugwonali and Dominique Holloman ’97 about their respective work with the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association Governing Board; Upper School faculty member Dr. Scott Stewart, who told the group about LGBTQ initiatives at Westminster; and a parent sharing Diwali traditions.

View past Q and A conversations here.

Messages to Our Community

Throughout the summer, President Keith Evans sent a series of updates and communications to the Westminster community to inform them of the School's efforts and focus on social justice issues. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Resources

Curated by Westminster's Equity and Inclusion team, a list of resources have been developed in hopes that they will help our community's ongoing discussions around racial inequity and the development of one's personal race identity. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet the Team

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Action Steps

In June 2020, the Board of Trustees and the Westminster's Senior Leadership Team developed specific action steps within five distinct categories to help focus our work in support of a strengthened commitment to providing an inclusive School culture that fully celebrates each person in our community. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

October Progress Update

Over the summer, we outlined action steps we would take to become a more inclusive and equitable school. An interim report released October 15 served to update our community about our progress. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Connect With Us

Share your questions and thoughts regarding Westminster's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion work. We invite you to share your ideas about how we move forward, together.