Thirty-six Upper School students volunteered to spend a recent Saturday on campus to lend their voice to the future of Westridge. The Dream Summit event, part of the school’s strategic planning process, was spearheaded by sophomore Sosi D. and facilitated by Westridge Trustee Holly Bowyer. Participants discussed the school’s mission and purpose, its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, and the characteristics of Westridge graduates (this final discussion was disguised in an exercise that asked participants to envision a Westridge student superhero!)
“Our strategic planning process is a great opportunity for community reflection. We wanted to empower our students to be part of it and Sosi’s proposal of a Dream Summit was a perfect fit,” said Elizabeth J. McGregor, head of school. “The girls were enthusiastic and inspiring. Their thoughtfulness over the course of the day showed a commitment to the school and wanting to be a part of making it even better.”
“My inspiration for the Dream Summit came both from my experiences with a similar platform when I lived in Jakarta and from my daily life at Westridge. It became clear to me almost right away that students needed an outlet to discuss their thoughts about the school,” said Sosi. “Ultimately, Westridge exists to educate us. So, as empowered young women, I feel it is our duty to seek solutions, especially here!
The school’s strategic planning process has included meetings with parents, alumnae, and trustees and includes a faculty task force. Work will continue through the year with the goal of publishing the school’s new five-year strategic plan in the fall of 2019.