Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Westridge was built on a mission to provide gender equity in education. Today, we draw upon the spirit of our founder, Mary Lowther Ranney, to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on our campus. These essential components of the Westridge program are imperative to the wellness of students in underrepresented populations and central to academic excellence for all Westridge students.

We are actively working to:
  • Identify and eliminate biases and gaps in our programs and policies.
  • Make the programmatic changes and do the community-wide education and growth necessary to make Westridge a school where all students, families, and faculty and staff feel they belong and are affirmed, valued, and supported.
  • Increase diversity of all kinds, especially racial and socioeconomic, because we know that all students benefit social emotionally and academically from learning in a more diverse environment.

DEI is one of four focus areas of our strategic plan published in January 2020, prioritizing resources of time and funding to make substantive and meaningful change at our school. Importantly, events this spring have energized many people across the generations of Westridge to join us in working for change. Recent conversations with Black members of the Westridge community have caused the School to reflect on who we have been and who we want to be moving forward. Additionally, we know our families have been impacted by anti-Asian prejudice during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that students of color, including Black and African American, Latinx, Multiracial, and Asian students, are having different experiences at Westridge. Students deserve to be in a learning environment where racism is explicitly addressed, and white students must understand their role in challenging racism and how they can be advocates for change.

Our Current Work

On November 10, 2020, we released an update on our current work in diversity, equity, inclusion and becoming an anti-racist community. The update includes anti-racist education for all community members; the establishment of a DEI oversight committee; data analysis of and changes to our program and curriculum; efforts to expand community diversity; the planned addition of full-time Director of Equity; and more. Please click below to read it in full.

Read full update

Recent News

We're Hiring

Westridge is seeking a Director of Equity to lead the school’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts as a member of the senior leadership team. Click below to learn more and apply!

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If you are interested in learning more about our work in DEI
over the past several years, please click below.