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Zandie Brockett '05 on Identity and Building Bridges During Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Alumnae
Westridge School

Westridge alumna Zandie Brockett 张桂才 ’05 is a curator and the creative director and executive producer of West of Here, a creative agency she founded to work with vanguard artists, realize perspective-shifting live experiences and original content, and provide cultural advisory to brands between Asia and the West. She was formerly the director of community and culture at NeueHouse, a private social and work space for creators, innovators, and thought leaders. She has spent her entire career building bridges between creatives and the general public, referring to herself as a ‘cultural infrastructure builder.’ She also currently sits on the DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, justice) committee of the Westridge Alumnae Board and is a member of the alumnae Asian American affinity group.

We are proud to share Zandie’s Q&A this Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Read on for a peek at her experience as a Westridge student and her career trajectory building on her identity as a third culture kid.

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Westridge School all girls school Los Angeles
  • Academics
  • All-Girls Education
  • Head of School
Andrea Kassar

And at Westridge—from 4th grade robot dance parties, to 10th grade “History and Pizza” discussions of important historical moments, to high-level conversations about key motifs in Beloved in junior/senior Perspectives class (a class I got to teach last week)—what are all these things if not intellectual adventure in action all the time? Ideas pinging around, the space and time to practice verbal expression, the satisfying (and maybe even essential) mix of silliness with profound learning, the trust to let go and dance with robots, the trust to munch on pizza while travelling intellectually to places far and wide. This is the opposite of perfection(ism). This is adventure. And in my heart and mind, this is what girls’ schools are at their best, at their core, at their reason-for-being level.

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Lower & Middle School Dean of Student Voices Tamara Shahar Jaffe ’08 Continues to Make Her Mark (at Westridge!)
  • Alumnae
Westridge School

As we celebrate Black History Month, we are proud to highlight alumna Tamara Shahar Jaffe ’08 and her work as Westridge Dean of Lower & Middle School Student Voices. In her role, she coordinates many aspects of lower and middle school student programming in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ), including leading Middle School affinity spaces, helping students develop assemblies about topics that are important to them, facilitating conversations around difficult concepts, teaching sixth grade sessions on civil discourse and the vocabulary of equity work, and more!

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  • All-Girls Education
  • Parents
  • Students
Melanie Horn

There was no hesitation, the Tigers must field a team! And so, we did! How could a girls’ school not jump at this unique opportunity? But to find later that Westridge was the only school in the greater Pasadena area and the only girls’ school in the greater Los Angeles area to field a team, was sort of incredible to me—in not such a good way.

Read More about Female Athletes and Football Participation: The Final Frontier

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