Student Experience and Curriculum

Harvard-Westlake is committed to:

  • Enrolling and supporting a diverse student community in which all are treated equitably
  • Instilling empathy for others and appreciation for differences of background and perspective
  • Evaluating and improving our curriculum to ensure cultural representation and responsiveness
  • Recognizing the educational value of ideas that are challenging
  • Supporting each student’s sense and expression of self in accordance with the following values:
    • Respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the school community
    • Respect for differing points of view that are offered appropriately and in good faith
    • Respect for the agreements of “courageous conversations” (see below)

Faculty and Staff

Harvard-Westlake is committed to:

  • Recruiting and supporting a diverse faculty and staff in which all are treated equitably
  • Requiring DEI training for all employees
  • Fostering authentic and inclusive professional relationships
  • Supporting each employee’s sense and expression of self in accordance with the following values:
    • Respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the school community
    • Respect for differing points of view that are offered appropriately and in good faith
    • Respect for the agreements of “courageous conversations” (see below)

Culture and Impact

Harvard-Westlake is committed to:

  • Celebrating diversity within and beyond our community
  • Understanding and enhancing community culture through regular self-examination
  • Evaluating and improving our systems, processes, and traditions
  • Sharing our DEI work and resources to make a difference beyond Harvard-Westlake
Courageous Conversations at HW
stay engaged · experience discomfort · speak your truth · expect & accept non-closure · keep an open mind · assume good intentions · always be respectful

*Adapted from Glenn Singleton's Courageous Conversations About Race with permission