As part of Windward's commitment to providing an open, nurturing campus for all students, parents, and faculty, the School regularly hosts events to showcase and celebrate our diverse community. Below you'll find examples of this ongoing work.
of every school student leaders from across the U.S. The SDLC focuses on self- reflecting, forming allies, and building community.
On April 24, members of the Windward community virtually participated in the 25th anniversary of GLSEN's Day of Silence. Their silence highlighted the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people in schools. This silence can come in the form of both being closeted and afraid of expressing your true identity, or in being afraid to speak up for your beliefs in fear of retaliation.
The issue resonated with many allies, who responded with participation, respect, and support.
While the day certainly left an influence on our Peruvian guests, the impact was felt just as strongly by our students. The shared experience helped them to stretch their social and language skills, grow as leaders, and connect with other students from thousands of miles away. The day ended with exchanges of smiles, hugs, and contact info, launching enduring connections among these students and the Windward community. Said Melanie Arias, Director of Global Programs: “The day was one of those rare moments in which you can feel the world growing so big, and yet so small, all at the same time.”