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.
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, Dean of Faculty Thad Persons ’88 talks to our communications staff about what the phrase “windows and mirrors” means and how students grow in an environment where they can see their own experiences and those of others reflected. Thad joined the Westminster faculty in 1997 as an Upper School English teacher. In his role as Dean of Faculty, he oversees the rigorous hiring and onboarding process for all faculty members. View past Q and A conversations here.
- Q: We talk sometimes about the concept of "windows and mirrors." What does that mean?
- Q: Why its it important for everyone to see their own perspectives reflected in literature—and those of others?
- Q: How do students get from story to empathy?
- Q: How does a teacher know when students are ready, developmentally, to have conversations that require them to see outside of themselves?
- Q: How does this concept of “windows and mirrors” apply in the makeup of our community? What’s the importance of building a diverse faculty?
- Q: What does the School do to have a broad applicant pool?