Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community united by the joyful pursuit of educational excellence….

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are essential parts of educational excellence and data shows that it improves critical thinking and cognitive skills.  To that end, the Harvard-Westlake Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is committed to ensuring that every single member of the Harvard-Westlake community is celebrated, appreciated, and included. Harvard-Westlake’s DEI efforts are multifaceted and far-reaching, impacting students, alumni, faculty and staff, parents, and the greater Los Angeles area. We recognize that striving to be a diverse and inclusive community is an ever-evolving imperative that requires empathy, an open mind, and a willingness to engage in crucial and, at times, uncomfortable conversations.

Leadership

  • Janine Jones
    Janine Hancock Jones
    Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
    Janine Jones
    Janine Hancock Jones

    Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

    Janine Hancock Jones joined the Harvard-Westlake community in 2012 as a parent. In 2015, she began working in the admission office as associate director of admission. Prior to Harvard-Westlake, she worked as a lawyer at several large law firms and served as senior advisor/deputy legal counsel to former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Janine’s primary role is to oversee and lead the school’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. This includes coordinating professional development for faculty and staff, working with department chairs to ensure a diverse curriculum for students, programming for the entire Harvard-Westlake community, and assisting with the hiring of a diverse faculty and staff. In the admission office, she works closely with prospective families throughout the application process and coordinates the Student Ambassadors program. Janine's husband, Chris Jones, is an upper school dean and their daughters, Taylor and Avery, are current students.

  • Nate Cardin
    Nate Cardin
    Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
    Nate Cardin
    Nate Cardin

    Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    After completing his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Stanford, Nate joined the Harvard-Westlake community in 2011 as an upper school science teacher. At Harvard-Westlake, he has served as faculty advisor for the Gender & Sexuality Awareness (GSA) and Science Bowl clubs, guest-lectured on topics of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in sophomore Choices and Challenges classes, and co-led a work group studying the relationship between gender and science course enrollment among students at Harvard-Westlake. Alongside his PhD work at Stanford, he co-founded a community/advocacy group for LGBTQ+ graduate students and was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Stanford DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) graduate fellows. Nate currently lives in Studio City with his husband, Benjamin, an entertainment lawyer.

Communities

Student Groups
Asian American Student Club
Asian Students in Action (ASiA)
Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC)
Christian Club
Gender & Sexuality Awareness (GSA)
Jewish Awareness Club
Jewish Student Union
La Femme
Latin American Hispanic Student Organization (LAHSO)
Ms. “Simon Says” Girls Club
Portuguese Club
Women’s Empowerment, Rights & Knowledge (WERK)

Alumni Groups
Harvard-Westlake African-American Alumni Network (HWAAN)
Harvard-Westlake Korean-American Alumni Network
Harvard-Westlake LGBTQ Network

Parent Groups
Harvard-Westlake Chinese Cultural Club (HWCCC)
Harvard-Westlake Cultural Heritage and Arts of India Club (HW CHAI)
Harvard-Westlake French Club (HWFC)
Korean-American Parents Association (KAPA)
Latino Parents Association (LAPA)
Parents of African-American Harvard-Westlake Students (PAAHWS)