The Road Ahead

The process of creating a diverse, informed, and supportive community is never done. Below, you'll find a list of upcoming events from our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity team intended to further the understanding and allyship of our students, parents, and faculty. This page will be updated throughout the year, so check back regularly! 

Affinity Spaces

Beginning in the Fall of 2020, Windward will be offering opt-in affinity spaces once a month during seminar or community time. An affinity group provides a “brave space” in which its students and adults can explore issues of shared identity and experience and affirm their emotional and intellectual responses to being part of a distinct subset of the larger Windward community. These groups are an important tool for reducing the sense of isolation, discomfort, and marginalization many children can feel even in the most progressive school communities. 
 
With the full support of the Windward administration, faculty, and staff, well-facilitated affinity groups create a positive and constructive context for students to explore and affirm their identities and experiences. Affinity groups encourage children to embrace the different parts of their identity and to feel confident and proud about themselves rather than to silently suppress aspects of that identity. These group meetings can help students to feel more visible and more included in our community and in doing so they enhance our commitment to a sense of belonging. 
 
Windward Reads—Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
 
This Summer, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team invites you to join in a Windward Read of the following classic, newly updated in 2017: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum. All students entering Grades 9-12, Parents/Guardians and Faculty/Staff are invited to join us in our book club. In addition we will be hosting three book community discussion on the following evenings from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
 
  • Tuesday, July 7
  • Tuesday, July 21
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4

More information and a Zoom link will be provided before the first session. Please fill out this form to sign up for the book club.

Faculty/Staff Training

We are fortunate to have the expertise of Teaching While White, an organization devoted to anti-racist training for schools; please visit the website for further information and facilitator biographies. 
 
  • Co-founders Elizabeth Denevi and Jenna Chandler-Ward will facilitate Leading and Teaching While White. 
  • Senior Consultant Randolph Carter will facilitate Leading/Teaching for Faculty, Staff and Administrators who identify as People of Color. 
Workshop: Leading While White (Mandatory)
When: July 8, 9, 15, and 16 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Who: Head of School, Chief Operating Officer, Assistant Heads of School, Division Associate Directors, Admissions Director, Deans, Program Directors, College Counselors, Counselors, and Department Chairs who identify as White.
 
Workshop: Teaching While White (Mandatory)
When: August 3, 4, 5, and 6 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Who: All Faculty/Staff who identify as White except those attending the Leading While White workshop
 
Workshop: Leading/Teaching For Faculty and Staff of Color (Mandatory)
When: July 8, 9, 15, and 16 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Who: All Admin/Faculty/Staff who identify as People of Color 

Pollyanna Conference

Windward School will be sending a cohort of Administration, Faculty/Staff, Students, and Parents to participate in our fourth Pollyanna Conference at Harvard Westlake School on Courageous Conversations: Learning to Connect Authentically and with Compassion on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.
 
The mission of Pollyanna is to create a platform “where groups of people can explore together diversity, inclusion and equity; and share ideas, experiences and knowledge in order to become change agents in their immediate communities. The From Diversity to Community conference model is a dynamic, focused and interactive program that provides guidance and training for community leaders. The goal is to improve inclusion within communities and the understanding that racial, socioeconomic, religious, and sexual diversity enhances all elements of the community.” To learn more, please visit the Pollyanna website: www.pollyannainc.org.  

People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference

From December 2 through December 5, Windward will be sending a cohort of faculty/staff to the NAIS People of Color Conference. This year's theme is New Decade, New Destinies: Challenging Self, Changing Systems, and Choosing Justice

The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.

With seminars, a master class, and more than 100 workshops on diverse topics relevant to people of color in independent schools, PoCC equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees with new skills. You’ll leave with knowledge and experiences to improve the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in your school, which will have a positive impact on the academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike.

Additionally, Windward will also be sending 6-8 students to the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. The SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles.