Student Groups

Asian American Culture Club (AACC)
Asian American Culture Club (AACC)

Asian Students in Action (ASiA)
Asian American Culture Club (AACC)
Asian Students in Action (ASiA)

Asian Students in Action (ASiA) is the Upper School’s Asian-American affinity group. We strive to promote collaboration and support for Asian and allied students, providing a safe space to celebrate Asian culture, explore one’s identity, and understand AAPI heritage. Through events such as an all-community discussion on anti-Asian violence, passing out pamphlets detailing how to report a hate crime, and a number of presentations and projects, ASiA has worked to increase its campus visibility over the last year. Club members also discuss important topics each week (model minority myth, Asian fetishization, mental health, etc) and help organize different club events (Asian holiday celebrations, food outings, work in the greater LA community, etc). We hope to continue empowering Asian-American voices and strengthening our allyship with other affinity groups on campus.


Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC)
Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC)
Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC)

BLACC provides space for Black students, faculty and allies of all races to convene once a week to discuss Black culture, student life, student activism, self-expression, and more that are usually missed in an HW classroom environment. Along with club meetings, we host speakers and community-wide events to foster an open and welcoming environment both to Black students in the Harvard-Westlake community, and anyone interested to immerse themselves in Black culture.


Empower
Empower
Empower

Empower is Harvard-Westlake's women's empowerment and gender equality club. Empower strives to make HW a more inclusive community by striking up conversations about intersectional feminism and current events as well as celebrate women's voices in our community. The club also aims to combat gender inequality outside HW through fundraising, raising awareness, and taking direct action. ALL ARE WELCOME!


Gender & Sexuality Awareness (GSA)
Gender & Sexuality Awareness (GSA)
Gender & Sexuality Awareness (GSA)

GSA is an open affinity group for members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. We host events such as GLSEN Day of Silence and coordinate with guest speakers (last year, Hunter Schafer spoke during Community Flex Time!). In meetings, we discuss current events, inclusivity on campus, our personal experiences, and more, all while celebrating our pride together. All are welcome!


Girls Club
Girls Club

Japanese Language & Culture Club (JLCC)
Japanese Language & Culture Club (JLCC)

HW Jewish Students Association (Jewish Club)
HW Jewish Students Association
HW Jewish Students Association (Jewish Club)

HW Jewish Students Association aims to provide a space for students, Jewish and non-Jewish to discuss holidays and religious views, share traditions, and talk about personal experiences as a Jewish teen in America. Through tasty treats, fun games, and interesting discussions Jewish club seeks to engage individuals at HW in a unique and fun environment that fosters learning and connectedness to Jewish Culture.


Latinx Hispanic Student Organization (LAHSO)
Latinx Hispanic Student Organization (LAHSO)
Latinx Hispanic Student Organization (LAHSO)

The Latinx Hispanic Student Organization (LAHSO) is a club founded in 2016 and is composed of students in grades 10-12 at Harvard-Westlake Upper School. LAHSO focuses on the following areas: leadership, community service, cultural awareness, and bringing together the Latinx / Hispanic community at Harvard-Westlake. We thrive on unifying our wide range of cultures, and sharing our personal experiences to educate one another through discussions about current events and issues involving the Latinx community. LAHSO is a safe place for anyone who is a part of any of the affinity groups or allies. Whether through our weekly meetings, sleepovers, trips to cultural events, LAHSO Fest, or our keynote speakers, our club is determined to raise cultural awareness inside and outside of Harvard-Westlake. Everyone is welcome to our club and we are an affinity group that continues to promote diversity, inclusivity, and equity.


Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA)
Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA)
Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA)

MESA (Middle Eastern Student Association) is a group of students who come together to celebrate Middle Eastern culture. We hang out, play games, and eat great Middle Eastern food. One of our goals is to engage in discussions and help educate the HW community on current events in the Middle East, such as the flare-up in the Israel-Palestine conflict and the developments in Afghanistan. All are welcome!


South Asian Student Association (SASA)
South Asian Student Association (SASA)
South Asian Student Association (SASA)

HW SASA or the South Asian Student Alliance is a student-run affinity group that both teaches and celebrates South Asian culture. We have weekly meetings where we watch South Asian movies (with subtitles ;) ) and hold festivals all year. In Spring we celebrate Holi (Hindu spring holiday) and Eid al-Fitr (Islamic spring holiday). Our school year culminates with a fundraiser; last year we organized a relief drive where we raised funds to help fight Covid in India.


Women of Color (WOC)
Women of Color (WOC)
Women of Color (WOC)

WOC, or Women of Color, is a safe space for women of color to feel represented, exist in their authenticity, and be empowered to be their best selves. At WOC, women of color can share their stories and find both understanding and support. Through fundraising and raising awareness for weighty issues, our group of POC and allies aims to make Harvard-Westlake a more diverse and inclusive community.

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

 

Parent Groups

Harvard-Westlake Armenian Parent Group
Harvard-Westlake Armenian Parent Group

Founded in 2021, this parent-led group strives to bring families and students together to learn, share, and connect the school community to Armenian history, culture, and traditions. The group supports the HW Parents activities with homecoming, faculty/staff appreciation events, and other activities. One of the group’s goals is to increase awareness of the history of the Armenian culture for member families and the school community. The group warmly welcomes everyone from the HW school community!


Harvard-Westlake Chinese Cultural Club (HWCCC)
Harvard-Westlake Chinese Cultural Club (HWCCC)

Originally founded in 1990 at the Harvard School, the Harvard-Westlake Chinese Cultural Club (HWCCC) is a diverse and dynamic community dedicated to celebrating, sharing, and promoting Chinese culture. HWCCC promotes the goals of Harvard-Westlake, maintains a supportive network for its members, and creates learning and leadership opportunities for students. HWCCC sponsors Faculty Appreciation Days, a homecoming food booth, Party Book events, and an annual event cosponsored by HW’s other cultural affinity groups. The club also hosts various social events for members throughout the school year, including a get-acquainted party, roundtable discussions, parent socials, a Chinese New Year luncheon, Dad’s Night Out, and an end-of-year party. In addition, HWCCC’s Alpine Recreation Center Student Tutoring Program provides students with leadership and community service opportunities. Everyone from the school community is welcome to join.


Cultural Heritage & Arts of India (CHAI)
Cultural Heritage & Arts of India (CHAI)

CHAI (Cultural Heritage & Arts of India) is an HW parent affinity group that celebrates the cultures of families of South Asian origin, including Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepali, and Sri Lankan heritages. The group begins the school year with a meet-and-greet get-together for families and alumni and culminates with a luncheon to welcome new students and bid farewell to the seniors. Activities also include the middle school and upper school faculty/staff appreciation lunches, the Indian food booth at homecoming, the “Day in India” Party Book event, and events celebrating a variety of Indian festivals and cultures. Anyone from the school community can join.


Harvard-Westlake French Club (HWFC)
Harvard-Westlake French Club (HWFC)

The goal of the Harvard-Westlake French Club is to foster exchanges and promote bonds of friendship among people of diverse backgrounds who share an interest in French culture. The club actively supports Harvard-Westlake Parents activities: faculty/staff appreciation luncheons at the upper and middle campuses and the French crêpes booth at homecoming. In addition, HWFC helps raise funds for school scholarships by participating in the annual Party Book event. Other activities may include parent social gatherings around art life and cultural events in Los Angeles and a back-to-school luncheon to welcome new families. Member ideas are welcome along with initiatives to organize gatherings. You do not need to speak French to join!


Japanese-American Affinity Group (JAG)
Japanese-American Affinity Group (JAG)

The Japanese-American Affinity Group welcomes all Harvard-Westlake families who have an interest in Japanese and Japanese-American culture. Its goals include bringing members and their families together, strengthening their connection with the school, and increasing awareness of Japanese and Japanese-American culture. The group organizes activities for members and faculty to meet one another, student and parent forums, and featured speaker events. In its first year, there was a meet-and-greet for members, a Japanese conversation for Japanese language speakers (including several HW faculty members), a fireside chat with the actor Masi Oka ’92, a sake tasting, a coffee with Olympian Johnny Hooper ’15, a cooking class, and a parent roundtable.


Harvard-Westlake Jewish Family Alliance (HWJFA)
Harvard-Westlake Jewish Family Alliance (HWJFA)

Founded in 2020, the Harvard-Westlake Jewish Family Alliance (HWJFA) offers many ways for families to celebrate, learn about, and connect through Jewish traditions, heritage, and identity. HWJFA welcomes anyone from Harvard-Westlake interested in Jewish culture to join the group for special events, speakers, leadership opportunities, and curated missions. HWJFA creates opportunities to connect with fellow families; HW faculty, administrators, and staff; and other parent affinity groups. Being part of an inclusive community links us to something broader than our own individual experiences, and anyone from the school community is welcome and encouraged to join.


Korean American Parents’ Association (KAPA)
Korean American Parents’ Association (KAPA)

Founded in 1990, the Korean American Parents’ Association (KAPA) welcomes all Harvard-Westlake families who share an interest in getting to know other parents and learning more about Korean culture. The association hosts events throughout the year, including the annual family banquet where KAPA families gather with teachers and administrators to enjoy a feast and watch student performances. In addition, KAPA organizes the popular Korean food booth at homecoming and co-hosts faculty and staff appreciation luncheons with Harvard-Westlake Parents. KAPA provides opportunities to socialize at the Middle School Moms’ Luncheons and Coffee Socials and hosts College Nights for parents to hear firsthand the experiences of other HW parents whose children have already gone through the process of applying to universities. KAPA hosts a holiday party in the winter and a welcome reception for all newly admitted Korean American students and their families in the spring. Finally, KAPA closes the year with a networking event for the upper school. Anyone from the school community can join.


Latin American Parents’ Association (LAPA)
Latin American Parents’ Association (LAPA)

The goal of the Latin American Parents’ Association is to provide a welcoming atmosphere to new HW families and an informal network, as well as increase the awareness of HW’s multicultural student body. Founded in 2003, the club hosts a Welcome Family Fiesta for all members and HW faculty/staff and administrators to welcome new Latin American families to the school. LAPA also contributes to two faculty/staff appreciation luncheons per year, as well as hosting the Latin American food booth at homecoming in support of Harvard-Westlake Parents. Anyone from the school community can join.


Harvard-Westlake Ohana
Harvard-Westlake Ohana

Founded in 2021, HW Ohana was organized to share traditions and customs from the Pacific Islanders, Filipinas, Simona/Tungan and other Polynesian cultures. It is an inclusive group who will be engaged in events and activities with the HWP. We welcome everyone to join.


Parents of African-American Harvard-Westlake Students (PAAHWS)
Parents of African-American Harvard-Westlake Students (PAAHWS)

The goal of PAAHWS is to build community, offer support, and provide opportunities for families to connect and have a dialogue. The club hosts an annual back-to-school event to welcome families to the new school year. Members participate in Harvard-Westlake Parents events, which include faculty/staff appreciation luncheons, homecoming, an annual school event, and other activities. The club also organizes social events in recognition of Black History Month as well as a community service activity that brings students and parents together to make a difference in the lives of others. The culminating event of each school year is a picnic to welcome new families to our school and bid farewell to our seniors. PAAHWS also partners with and supports the BLACC student club, PSV (Private School Village), and other parent groups to bring additional enriching and community-building activities to HW. Anyone from the school community is invited to join.


Harvard-Westlake Pride
Harvard-Westlake Pride

HW LGBTQ+ students and parents will connect as an affinity group at HW through HW Pride. The group will host panels and workshops for both students and parents to engage in as well as hosting fun events and activities. Parents can participate in events and activities with the HW Parents for faculty appreciation events, homecoming food/game booths, and more. Everyone from our school community is welcome to join.