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.

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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.

  • Damaris Saenz
    Damaris Saenz
    MS Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Damaris Saenz
    Damaris Saenz

    MS Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Prior to joining the Harvard-Westlake family in 2016, Damaris taught middle and high school English at La Sierra Academy in Riverside, CA. While at La Sierra, her interest in DEI work found an avenue in the restructuring of the writing and literature curriculum. She worked with both middle and high school teachers to create vertical and horizontal alignment in the writing program and successfully pushed for the inclusion of a diversity of authors and texts across both campuses. Damaris has quickly integrated herself into the Harvard-Westlake community. She serves as an English and Robotics instructor, but also enjoys working with student leaders as a sponsor for LAHSO (the Latin American Hispanic Student Organization), advising new ninth graders, and serving as a coordinator for the HW Bridge program. Damaris, her husband Miguel, and canine-child Bobby are SoCal natives who love the easy access to beaches, deserts, and mountains.

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

    US 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.

  • Sara Vong
    Sara Vong
    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Assistant

DEI Resources

Special Events

Southern California Diversity Recruiting Fair 2020

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Harvard-Westlake will host the second annual Southern California Diversity Recruiting Fair.

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Pollyanna Conference 2019

This one-day conference takes an in-depth look at implicit bias and how it plays out in our individual institutions.

Learn more about the conference >