Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
Westside School is committed to promoting inclusiveness, diversity, and cultural competence in its education, employment practices, school community, and governance.
We view inclusiveness as a fundamental value, diversity as a key element, and cultural competence as a vital skill necessary to prepare students to participate in and contribute to a global society. Westside uses the term diversity broadly to encompass differences in the attributes of individuals, families, and communities.
Facts & Figures for 2021-2022
- 34% Students of Color
- Languages Spoken: 25+
Amharic, Cambodian, Catalan, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Oriya, Oromo, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese.
At Westside, we believe that having a common understanding of terminology and language helps us have essential conversations. During the 21-22 school year, we plan to have community dialogues to build our own working definitions of key diversity, equity, and inclusion terms. For now, we source definitions from credential anti-racist organizations as a resource to guide our work.
2021-2022 Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series
This year, Westside School is excited to partner with local independent schools to bring the Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series to our communities. The purpose of this series is to raise awareness, challenge ourselves, deepen understanding, and empower our communities to advance their efforts to actively recreate systems into equitable, inclusive, and antiracist institutions. The program invites 4-5 speakers throughout the academic year to create access to recognized authors and speakers that engage participants in complex topics through dialogue, cross-cultural communication, and a deeper understanding of the impact that racism and oppression have in our institutions and the greater society.
The Westside School Community acknowledges that we are on the ancestral lands of the Duwamish People. We make this acknowledgement with gratitude and a commitment to justice for the land itself, and the Duwamish People, past, present, and future. We endeavor to join them in honoring and protecting the Water, Earth, Air, and Spirit of our shared home.